Avoiding the trojans

How to avoid being the next victim

Five years ago probably the biggest risk to your PC was a malicious trojan that would steal your banking details and passwords.

Today, threat that everyone is talking about is called ransomware. Malicious software that locks all your most precious documents and files, in fact your entire hard disk and then offers to unlock them for a ransom.

As it seems now, ransomware is here to stay.

How can you  harden, protect your data and prevent ransomware from making you or your business a victim?



Backup, backup, backup!

Effective backup is probably the best way to counter ransomware.  In fact, by having data backup and disaster recovery you can avoid a large number of problems in  your system.  Ransomware become more a nuisance than a threat!  And the best backup plan is based on cost effective cloud technologies.

But backups are more complex than most people realise, and being able to effectively restore data depends entirely on your backup methods and structure.  

If you are unsure about the status of your backup plans and system contact Linserv support for information.  Being informed costs you nothing and might save your data.

Always update!

The majority of viruses and trojans are installed via scripts that can be detected and stopped.  

If you receive a prompt that your OS needs to be updated - then DO IT!  If you receive a notice that one of your apps need to be updated - DO IT!

Microsoft patches and updates are released on the second Tuesday of the month.  Linux and Apple release as soon as the patch is ready to be deployed.

If your PC or MAC is covered by the Linserv SMART CLIENT package, then you are already covered.  We monitor your client, ensure that updates are installed and that you have an up to date antivirus.  So you can relax.

Be suspicious!

Being careful and even a little suspicious of strangers (especially those bringing gifts!) is always a sensible strategy.

The same with mails, downloads and other files that you receive.  If you don't know the sender or publisher - don't install it - ask us at support if you are unsure.

Keeping spam and filters on and up to date is a very good way to stop emails that pretend to be shopping notices, delivery information, free tickets and the like.

Understanding what you receive is also important.  We recommend you make file extensions visible (part of the file name after the dot like .pdf)  Then you can see if the file you receive is actually a pdf or word document... or something more sinister like .exe

Use strong security practices

let linserv show you how protect your data

There are a number of additional strategies that should be part of your overall IT Security plan.  Password management, employee use policy, installation of management agents on devices, policy for BYOD (bring your own device), server and network architecture.

With good IT management is possible to significantly reduce the risk of you or your company becoming the next victim - cost effectively.

Contact Linserv support if you want a free security analysis or if you are unsure about any aspect of your current setup.