Preventing ransomware

In light of the ransomware attack on OCPL’s systems, here’s a list of the basic recommendations from computer security experts to reduce the chances of having your devices subjected to an attack:

  • Install recommended updates to all your software once the updates are released.

    The best way to do this is to have your settings set to automatically install updates.

  • Don’t install new software unless you know what it does and can trust the source you’re getting it from.
  • Similarly, don’t grant administrative privileges to software unless you know why you need to.
  • Install antivirus software and keep it up-to-date.
  • Backup frequently.

    As with software updates, it’s best if you have a way of automating the backup process.

Source: Fruhlinger, Josh. “What Is Ransomware? And 4 Steps to Prevent These File-Locking Attacks.” CSO Online (blog), December 19, 2018.

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