The internet can be a great resource. It’s informative, entertaining, and it helps us communicate with friends, relatives and strangers alike. But it can also be a dangerous place if you don’t take proper steps to protect yourself from malicious threats like ransomware. Here are a few password recommendations and general computing tips to help keep you and your business safe from cybercriminals.
Before you cancel a service or abandon an online account, change the password to something that is unrelated to your current password(s). Do this for any old email accounts, too.
Beware of common phishing attacks — If you get an email from one of your financial institutions asking you to confirm personal information, it’s probably fake. Your bank has all of your information securely stored. The only time you would need to confirm it is if you contacted them.
Watch out for fake anti-virus — Be careful of pop-up windows that claim to have detected a virus on your computer and offer to remove it. In many cases, clicking on the link will launch a virus attack. Fake antivirus often uses names that sound convincing, like “Anti-Virus Pro” or “Defender Pro.” Only use anti-virus from reputable vendors.
If you have a secure backup:
If you don't have a secure backup, your options are: