You may of heard of the recent ransomware campaign called WannaCry which has infected the systems of numerous high profile businesses and organisations, such as the NHS, by holding their information to ransom.
The National Cyber Security Centre has issued this WannaCry Home User Protection guidance on the steps Windows home users and small businesses can take to protect themselves.
- Run a Windows update
- Make sure your antivirus product is up to date and run a scan – if you don’t have an antivirus product then install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor.
- If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing important data up – you can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else. We recommend that you don’t store backups on the same computer, or any other device within your home network. Home users should consider using cloud services to back up their important files. Many service providers (for example, email providers) offer a small amount of cloud storage space for free or alternatively on an external hard drive
Full details of the latest advice can be found on the NCSC website.
Any questions please feel free to ask as a comment.