15 May 2017

Stay resilient to cyber threats

You will have heard on the news over the weekend that the recent Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack affected a reported 125,000 systems across over 100 countries, including the NHS in the UK.

It was a reminder that the cyber threat is very real, and that we must do more to be more resilient online.

Using computers and similar devices to go online has made everyday activities such as shopping, banking, paying bills and keeping in touch fast and easy – anytime, anywhere. There are, however, a number of risks associated with going online.

Taking simple precautions, such as choosing safe passwords and ensuring you have adequate antivirus/antispyware installed, to learning how to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites and emails, can help you protect yourself against these risks.

When you're checking your emails, please be cautious and follow these guidelines:

  • Don't open emails from someone you don't know or trust. If it seems 'phishy', it probably is. Mark the message as spam and move on.
  • Never open an attachment within an email from a company or person you don't know (or that you were not expecting).
  • Never reply to or click on links inside spam emails. Remember to hover your mouse over a link and have a look at what the address really is.
  • Avoid unsolicited bulk mail – don’t sign up for anything with your email address unless you trust the website.

For more information about staying safe online, visit www.getsafeonline.org