Protection against ransomware – how to prevent an infection on your computers

By P Rengai/Tech Pacific 

In a computer network setup in a workplace, school or home, about  80% of treat to the computer network is the employees and 20% is external. In other words, users of your computer network are more likely to infect your computers with ransomware, worms, bots and computer viruses. The fixing of this infection is costly and requires time.  Below are some tips that you can implement to prevent computer hackers.  

Protection against ransomware – how to prevent an infection

  1.   Never click on unsafe links from emails for live chats: Avoid clicking on links in spam messages or on unknown websites. If you click on malicious links, an automatic download could be started, which could lead to your computer being infected.
  2.  Avoid disclosing personal information: If you receive a call, text message, or email from an untrusted source requesting personal information, do not reply. Cybercriminals who are planning a ransomware attack might try to collect personal information in advance, which is then used to tailor phishing messages specifically to you. If in any doubt as to whether the message is legitimate, contact the sender directly.
  3.   Do not open suspicious email attachments: Ransomware can also find its way to your device through email attachments. Avoid opening any dubious-looking attachments. To make sure the email is trustworthy, pay close attention to the sender and check that the address is correct. Never open attachments that prompt you to run macros to view them. If the attachment is infected, opening it will run a malicious macro that gives malware control of your computer. If you are unsure of a certain email attachment, do not open the attachment, contact the IT team directly.
  4.    Never use unknown USB sticks: Never connect USB sticks or other storage media to your computer if you do not know where they came from. Cybercriminals may have infected the storage medium and placed it in a public place to entice somebody into using it.
  5.  Keep your programs and operating system up to date: Regularly updating programs and operating systems helps to protect you from malware. When performing updates, make sure you benefit from the latest security patches. This makes it harder for cybercriminals to exploit vulnerabilities in your programs.
  6.  Use only known download sources: To minimize the risk of downloading ransomware, never download software or media files from unknown sites. Rely on verified and trustworthy sites for downloads. Websites of this kind can be recognized by the trust seals. Make sure that the browser address bar of the page you are visiting uses "https" instead of "http". A shield or lock symbol in the address bar can also indicate that the page is secure. Also exercise caution when downloading anything to your mobile device. You can trust the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, depending on your device.

Kindly ensure this practices are adhered to protect your systems against an attack. If you detect any abnormalities in how your computer operates, do not hesitate to contact the your IT to investigate .

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