Top Tips on avoiding Cyber Attacks Online!

Top Tips on avoiding Cyber Attacks Online!

We have come across this article from Spirit FM and even heard them talking about this on the 14th March 2017.

This is pertinent to our area of WEST SUSSEX – do you live here?

A worrying number of people in West Sussex are being held to ransom online.

Last year, 1,500 residents had bank details stolen, and even family photos locked by hackers.

Ransomware is a cyber security threat which has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years and as a result approximately 1.1 million UK adults have lost money, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab.

Scroll down to read the top tips on how to avoid being targeted…

The research found that 3 in 5 (62%) are completely unaware of what ransomware is, leaving them open to the threat of losing their precious data and memories such as family photos: unless they pay a ransom fee. Business IT Plus are providers of the award winning ESET Antivirus, with the focus of protecting both business and home users from ransomeware, malware, spyware and much more. (ESET Antivirus Page)

It also found that 70% of 18-24-year-olds do not know what ransomware is, compared to 59% of those over 55s. This indicates a lack of knowledge amongst those most likely to be using devices connected to the internet.

As a majority (79%) of people connect their smartphone to the internet and use their smartphones to store a huge amount of data, including that which is deemed invaluable or priceless (35%), it is not surprising that half (49%) of people would feel violated if their personal and sentimental data was lost.

Ransomware in its simplest form is the theft of confidential data, with a cost – ransom – to regain access to the stolen files.
This could be priceless items, such as baby photos, or financial details, such as banking documents.

Now it’s been revealed cyber criminals are also targeting smart TVs, mobiles and even fitness trackers.

Despite the growing threat of ransomware, the research found that 71% of people don’t have their data backed up (Secure Cloud Backup and Recovery Page) on any external physical device and 72% don’t have their data backed up on a cloud service. Furthermore, 50% of people in the UK don’t have any anti-virus protection to prevent the initial ransomware infection.

Here’s some advice from Get Safe Online…

Main Ransomware Points

Avoiding Ransomware:

• Do not reply to, or click on links contained in, unsolicited or spam emails from companies or individuals you do not recognise.
• Visit only websites you know to be reputable.
• Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
• Regularly back up all your data, including to a USB-connected device stored remotely from your computer. This is because some ransomware can also infect your cloud-based storage.

If you have ransomware on your computer:

• To detect and remove ransomware and other malicious software that may be installed on your computer, run a full system scan with an appropriate, up-to-date, security solution.
• If your computer has been locked by ransomware, seek professional advice from a trustworthy source.

Speak to us here at Business IT Plus your local IT company for any help and/or advice on any of the points referred to in this article. You can either call us on 01243 696953, email us on [email protected] or even visit our Contact Page for other methods!

Source: Spirit FM