Two Weeks to Prepare

safety-bulletinThe National Crime Agency is warning computer users they have two weeks to protect against a “powerful computer attack”. It comes as US officials held a press conference accusing a Russian hacker of masterminding the scam and raking in £60m.

Two pieces of malware software known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker are at the centre of the alert.

Here at boxportable we have dealt with these pieces of malware before and know that its time consuming, costly and sometimes impossible to repair the damage caused.

Here are top tips for keeping safe when dealing with these types of malware;

  • Don’t open email attachment’s from unknown senders or attachments you are not expecting to receive.
  • Make sure you have anti-virus installed and it is up-to date.
  • Run regular full system scans using up-to date anti virus and anti-malware software.
  • Make sure important files are backed up using offline storage or non network accessible storage.
  • Make sure your install of Windows is up-to date with Windows Updates.
  • Should you still be running Windows XP it is important to consider upgrading to Windows 7 to receive updates as security holes won’t be patched in future.