Internet Security

Given the recent news about the cyber attack from last weekend, we thought it would be an idea to give some recommendations for keeping you safe online.

PASSWORDS

Passwords as we know are a pain, they say don’t use the same one for all sites, has to be 8 characters and contain blah blah blah. Making a password can be BORING and 90% of the time the first password you try doesn’t meet the criteria for the site. Here’s a handy tip for an easy secure password

Pick a name or word (with a capital), can be anything for example rabbit, then choose a random punctuation character, of example ?, now we just need two other ingredients, the website name and a date you’ll remember, so lets have amazon and 2512 (Christmas Day). Now lets make a password, here’s what we do

name+punctuation+site+date=NEWSUPERPASSWORD so using my examples above i’d have

Rabbit?amazon2512

you can even have it anyway round you like, as long as the two words are split up between either punctuation or the date, this makes it harder for people to guess and crack. The beauty of this trick is it works for ANY site

Rabbit?ebay2512 or Outlook2512rabbit?

As long as you get a combination that works for you to remember it, you’ve now become a lot more safer online!!

ANTIVIRUS

This is usually the first and last line of defense for your PC. The only tips here are

  1. Use ONE – free or paid (we recommend Avast)
  2. Make sure it updates (Avast does a “Nitro” update every few minutes)
  3. If it tells you a file, email or webpage is bad, then trust it 99% of the time its right.
  4. Run a regular scan (Avast scans automatically, but sometimes best to run one just for piece of mind)

UPDATES

The recent attacks showed that a few too many people do not do Windows updates. The method used by the hackers recently was something that was found and fixed over two months ago. If you haven’t done you Windows updates then do them, the few minutes to hour it will take will SAVE YOUR PC and anything you have stored from this kind of attack.

BACKUPS

With backups there are some simple rules

  1. BACKUP! Not sure how? Just ask
  2. Use a drive bigger than you need
  3. Backup up frequently
  4. Do not leave the drive plugged in, put it away after each backup
  5. BACKUP (sorry to repeat, but its vital in order to save your data)

Other tips

Aside from Antivirus, backing up and secure passwords, what else can you do to keep safe? Well simple answer is nothing more, apart from take care and be vigilant of where you go and the emails you open. If you are never sure its always best to delete that email or close off that webpage.

 

Remember we’re also here Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm and Saturdays 9am to 12:30pm, call us on 01423 52 52 77 or pop in!

 

Malware update!

Good evening

It seems that the recent global malware sttsck may make a speedy reappearance in the next few days!

Ensure you do Windows updates and you have a decent antivirus!!

If you’re not sure on how secure you are, or want advice pop in!!

If you have been a victim of the more recent cyber attack, we can attempt data recovery to try to recover your encrypted data using our sophisticated recovery software!

“Wannacry” malware update

Hello!!

Its seems so far that this nasty virus has been halted!! No-one knows for how long, but breathing space is what’s needed to stop it!!

Luckily you, the computer use can help!! It seems this little nasty used a flaw in Windows that was fixed in March, so to make sure you’re patched and safe from this run Windows updates!! Simple!! Microsoft are even realising a special update just for Windows XP to stop this nasty!!

I know it’s something most people put off, but they are seriously needed and help prevent virus’s like this one!

Stop cyber crime, update Windows!!

“Cryptolocker” Malware

Good morning!

As some of you have no doubt seen there is a new variant of the “Cryptolocker” malware that seems to be in epidemic proportions.

The best advice to prevent the infection is NOT to open any email you are unsure off, the biggest clue is the emails subject, these can sometimes offer free products, services etc. Even if it comes from someone you know, read the subject first, if it seems off DELETE it. It’s better to loose a few safe emails than open that one email that will destroy all your data!

If you have been hit by one of these horrible virus’s, turn off the computer ASAP, hold the power button until ALL lights go out, then bring it in. Sometimes if stopped early enough most data is recoverable.

We recommend at least a monthly backup onto an external disk that can be plugged in when needed, then safely tucked away when the backup is done. As protection we stand by AVAST, they have the best detection rate for this kind of virus (and others) than any of the “high street” ones like Norton, McAfee etc. AVAST starts at £29.99 per year (multiple PC versions are available too)