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by Ella Collings | Feb 17, 2015

There has been a marked increase in the level of spam in the last few weeks which has been penetrating even the sturdiest Anti-Spam systems. We believe this is associated in no small part to the recent success of CryptoLockers, these malicious applications encrypt your important files then demand a ransom to decrypt them.

Handy tips for the management of your IT;

·         Keep your Anti-virus systems up to date 

·         Backups should be stored offsite

·         Ensure Backups are running properly – check your backup logs.

·         Check correct data is included in the backup.

·         Periodically request a test restore from backup.

Some handy tips to pass onto everyone, colleagues, friends and staff;

·         Don’t open email attachments from unknown sources.

·         If you receive an attachment from a known source but which is unexpected - reply to them first to determine if the email is genuine.

·         Use your smartphone for social media or to follow unfamiliar internet links rather than using your PC or work network for those purposes.

·         Be alert, if you suspect malicious activity has commenced, log off straight away and contact your manager.

·         Avoid surfing the web and conducting web activity that is not related to work

·         Be cautious of all email messages, as a successful infection in nearly all cases has resulted from a human’s response to a malevolent email, i.e. from the person who is the email recipient clicking on a hyperlink or opening an attachment.

If you wish to know more about this or other IT related issues, please feel free to contact Dorchester.

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