Thanks to a global initiative by the National Crime Agency, the FBI and other security organisations a temporary reprieve from the GoZeus and CryptoLocker malware applications has been provided. The clock is already ticking before the next global attack is launched that will attempt to either steal your personal data, or encrypt your files and hold you to ransom to retrieve them again.
Whilst this sounds terrible, there are a number of simple steps that you can take to protect yourself in the cyber world:
- Do not open any email attachments from unknown sources, or click on links you cannot verify (for example, an email entitled Larger mailbox from Plymouth University Support Desk with an email address of email@example.com)
- Back up your important data regularly
- Disconnect all USB sticks and external hard drives when they are not in use
- Keep you computer (or smart phone) up to date with operating system patches
- Ensure that you have active antimalware on the device
For University staff and students, there is the ability to procure Kaspersky’s security software at a 50% discount.