I presented a Webcast to financial advisors today for Ivy Investments on the topic of ransomware and other computer crimes.  During the presentation, a dangerous ransomware attack occurred which had a significant impact on computers globally. Here are four thing individual computer users can do to stay safe.

  • Exercise caution when receiving emails that contain links or attachments.  Don’t click on links or open attachments in unexpected emails.
  • Update your computer operating system and make sure that it is set to update automatically.
  • Make sure you have a current backup. If you use a hard drive to back up your computer, disconnect when you are not backing up, as malware could encrypt your backup drive if is connected.
  • If you use cloud backup, ensure that there are versions which can be used to restore an encrypted backup file or turn off auto-sync, which could replace good backups with encrypted files.

 

Here is the link to view the Webcast, which is focused on computer security for business:

http://players.brightcove.net/64722232001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5432162015001