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. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3236183/what-is-ransomware-how-it-works-and-how-to-remove-it.html