One way to make sure you are installing a real update is to automate. Automate your Windows updates through your device or an IT provider (like us). This increases the chances of spotting a fake that pops up unexpectedly.
Verify the Authenticity of Update
Before installing any software update, verify its authenticity. Genuine Windows updates will come directly from the official Microsoft website. Or through your IT service provider or Windows Update settings. Be cautious of unsolicited update notifications. Especially those received via email or from unfamiliar sources.
Backup Your Data
Regularly back up your important files. Use an external storage device or a secure cloud backup service. In the event of a ransomware attack, having backup copies is vital. Backups of your data can allow you to restore your files without paying a ransom.
Use Robust Security Software
Install reputable antivirus and anti-malware software on your computer. These programs can help detect and block ransomware threats. This helps prevent them infiltrating your system.
Educate Yourself and Others
Stay informed about the latest ransomware threats and tactics. Educate yourself and your colleagues or family members. Discuss the dangers of clicking on suspicious links. As well as downloading attachments from unknown sources.
Use Email Security Measures
Ransomware often spreads through phishing emails. Put in place robust email security measures. Be cautious about opening email attachments or clicking on links. Watch out for emails from unknown senders.
Enable Firewall and Network Security
Activate your computer’s firewall. Use network security solutions to prevent unauthorized access to your network and devices.
Disable Auto-Run Features
Configure your computer to disable auto-run functionality for external drives. This can help prevent ransomware from spreading through infected USB drives.
Be Wary of Pop-Up Alerts
Exercise caution when encountering pop-up alerts. Especially those that ask you to download or install software. Verify the legitimacy of such alerts before taking any action.
Keep an Eye on Your System
Keep an eye on your computer’s performance and any unusual activity. If you notice anything suspicious, investigate immediately. Suspicious PC activity can be:
- Unexpected system slowdowns
- File changes
- Missing files or folders
- Your PC’s processor “whirring” when you’re not doing anything
Have a Response Plan
In the unfortunate event of a ransomware attack, have a response plan in place. Know how to disconnect from the network. Report the incident to your IT department or a cybersecurity professional. Avoid paying the ransom if possible.
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Don’t leave unknown threats lurking in your system. A cybersecurity audit can shed light on your system vulnerabilities. It’s an important proactive measure to ensure network security.
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Article used with permission from The Technology Press.