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Protect Yourself Against Cyber Attacks

Everyone, by now, must have heard about the latest worldwide ransomware attack that brought down thousands of computers accross the globe, there are similar attacks happening daily, albeit not on that scale, and you need to do your best to protect yourself from these attacks.

Ransomeware hijacks your data on your computer and will possibly release it for a fee (not always!). The latest UK Government Cyber Security Breaches Survey reveals nearly seven in ten large organisations have had an attack or breach of some kind and the average cost to these organisations can un into the millions, on average it is estimated to be in the region of £20,000.

The most common form of attack are a result of fraudulent emails, coaxing people to reveal password, finacial information or by opening attachments in emails. The vast majority of cyber attacks are random and not targeted, in September the Comic Relief systems and website were down for three days as a result of a random attack.

You can help to keep yourself safe by following the advice of the National Cyber Security Centre and by:

  • Keep your anti-virus software up to date
  • Make sure that your computer is installing the latest security patches through updates
  • Back-up your data regularly, if you have a copy of your data (off your PC) you cannot be held to ransome for it!

If your PC is running an older system, make sure that your security updates (patches) are up to date, or better still, upgrade your operating system to a more modern one.

In a recent survey (according to PCmagazine) the best antivirus and ransomeware protection was Webroot SecureAnywhere coming in in a tied first place it is the fastest and the smallest antivirus protection available and can cost as little as £14.99, well worth considering. It works slightly differently to convention anti-virus software, in that the updates and signature files are cloud-based, which it queries if there is an issue, excellent if your internet speeds are slow as there is no huge file of new signatures to download and install. Quote from the PCMagazine’s Neil J Rubenking ‘In testing, Webroot knocked my socks off’

Needless to say that I, personally, have been running Webroot SecureAnywhere for over three years now and I am impressed.

Bob Fuller

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