Given the recent news regarding the WanaCry Cyber Attack that infected hundres of thousands of computers worldwide, we wanted to give you a few tips to keep your computer and our network safe from outside attack. Please let us know if you have any questions on any of the following tips and tricks.
1. Make sure your Windows 7, 8, 10 operating system has the latest updates and check on a regular basis. This will keep all the patches up to date. (Adobe, Java, antivirus definitions as well). Our Policy is that NO Windows XP operating system should be connected to our network either thru a ethernet patch cable our connected to our wireless system.
2. Make sure all computers have an Antivirus Program that is up to date. We recommend a PAID for version as opposed to a FREE version. Bitdefender and other brand name products are best. The company uses Vipre End Point Protection.
3. Be very careful about any attachments or links to web sites that are in any email that you receive. Often the virus or malware is passed on by them. Example: From FedEx, UPS, IRS, Microsoft are some examples. They are very tricky but if you examine the email carefully and hoover over the senders address you can determine if its legitimate. Even if it looks like its from someone you know always check with them to verify they sent it to you.
4. If you navigate to a web page and a warning comes up saying you have a virus or something else wrong with your computer and asking you to call their number DO NOT call even it seems to be a known web site, its probably a scam. If warnings continue to pop up and you are not able to close them hit your Control, Alt, delete keys together, this will bring up Task Manager close all programs running and reboot the computer to see if it clears. If you get a message saying your Files have been locked or that you need to pay money to recover them, you probably have some kind of ransom Malware. Pull the Plug on your computer and have a technician look at it.
Following these precautions will help protect you from getting infected by a virus or malware.