Think before you click: You hear this a lot, and there’s a reason. Many malware attacks begin with a phishing email. Send all suspicious emails to CHI’s Spam Reporting mailbox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t wait: At home, install operating system and security updates on your Windows or Apple devices as soon as they become available.
Back up your data: Regularly back up data from your personal computer to a cloud service or an external hard drive that you disconnect from your computer when the backup is complete.
Download cautiously: Download applications only from reliable and trusted sources such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play; avoid downloads from games or other online activity, untrusted websites or online ads.
Use secure connections: Don’t assume a public Wi-Fi network is secure, as other users on that network may be able to see your online transactions.
Be wary of messages from people you don’t know: Many viruses spread as attachments to texts or emails.
Enable all security features on mobile devices: This includes passwords, encryption, and remote wipe capabilities.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM RANSOMWARE
AND OTHER MALWARE
The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak, which affected 200,000 organizations in 150 countries, is a shocking example of the growth of cybercrime. Technology helps protect against ransomware and other malware, but in many cases a cybercrime attack is launched when just one unsuspecting person clicks on an infected link, opens an infected attachment, or visits an infected website. Here are some quick tips to help you protect the data in your care, at work and at home: