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Tech Bits: Take Precautions to Guard Against Ransomware (Faculty & Staff)

Date

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in reports about ransomware on Windows and Mac computers. Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your documents and prevents you from accessing them until you follow instructions and pay a ransom fee.

  • To protect your computer from this new threat:
  • Install operating system and software updates, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash or Java. These updates often include the latest patches for security risks.
  • Do not open attachments sent via email unless you are expecting the file. Be extra cautious with any attachment that asks you to enable macros.
  • Instead of emailing attachments, use OWLbox, Google Docs or OneDrive to backup or share your files
  • Make sure your antivirus software is up to date
  • Back up your files regularly on a separate device and then disconnect it from your computer. (Ransomware can infect your backup devices too if they are connected to your computer.) If your computer becomes infected, you can restore your files from your backup device.