With the recent news that online users ought to be braced for an incoming cyber attack, many people will be wondering what they need to do in order to keep their personal details secure.
Unsurprisingly, the Get Safe Online website has been inundated with people wanting to find out more information and advice. With that in mind, and following on from our blog last week, here are some pointers to take a note of that could help protect that valuable data and financial information from possible attack.
1. Use a Virus Scanner
Install internet security software from companies listed on Get Safe Online’s Facebook and Google+ profiles. If you have IT support then arrange for your IT support company to scan for these particular viruses (Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker) and remove them from your computer.
2. Be Vigilant
Do not open attachments sent via emails unless you are 100% certain that they are authentic. This includes emails that look genuine from friends (as their computer may have a virus and is sending emails without their knowledge) or from banks and large reputable organisations. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t open anything that you are not expecting.
3. Maintain Your Security
Make sure your internet security software is up-to-date and switched on at all times. If you haven’t updated software such as AVG for a while then do it now – before it’s too late.
4. Update Windows
Are you using the latest update of your version of Windows operating system? If not you could be putting your computer and personal information at risk. Make sure your Windows operating system has the latest Microsoft updates applied as soon as possible.
5. Install Software Updates
Make sure your software programs have the latest manufacturers’ updates installed and applied. This should help to fight aggressive viruses and bugs that are attempting to access crucial files.
6. Back-up All Files
Ensure all of your files including documents, photos, music, bookmarks and anything else you may need are backed up and readily available in case you become “locked-out” and are no longer able to access them on your computer.
7. Keep Passwords Safe
Never store passwords on your computer in case they are accessed by Gameover Zeus or another aggressive malware program. Keep them safely stored somewhere else, but obviously in a place where nobody else can access them.