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Cyber Attacks and You...

So, if you read the newspaper or listen to the radio, it's already too late. Cyber attackers have invaded your home and taken your children hostage. Time to give up.

First of all, most people writing for mainstream news outlets are neither security nor technology experts. One might suggest that if they were, they would be doing something different with their lives.

Years ago, several steps were outlined to reduce your exposure to malware, including the latest ransom-motivated attacks.
  • Do NOT open email attachments without first vetting them for legitimacy and scanning them with a professional-grade scanning tool
  • Do NOT run downloads from websites as above (vetting and scanning)
  • Be wary of free tools (graphics, video, audio, etc.) found on the Internet
  • Keep ALL operating systems updated with their most current security updates
  • Replace any operating systems and application versions that have been discontinued by a manufacturer
  • Keep a current OFFLINE backup on a regular basis
  • Install and maintain a professional-grade malware protection application on every machine (particularly, those powered by Microsoft)
There are, of course, other preventative measures, but following these tried and tested methods would have prevented most (if not all) of the recent attacks.

The question is, have you done all of the above. If not, do it now. Specifically, get a USB flash disk or a USB hard drive and back up any files you cannot afford to lose.

Do it right now.

As always...  having a good plan and the right equipment means the difference between irritation and catastrophe.

For those who may not know, we are a local Computer, Network and Information Technology company in the north Cotswolds, operating out of Broadway, Worcestershire.

Our main focus is small and medium sized businesses in the area needing assistance with their computer systems, websites and IT support processes.  We routinely help to integrate new technology with what is already present, get existing systems to work correctly and aide in disaster prevention and recovery.Jim Schmitz, Director

Web support varies from simple website and mail system establishment to fully customised enterprise deployment and management, including PHP and ASP development.

We are a small and dedicated team that understands the priorities and concerns of each client, regardless of size or complexity.

The Permutation Company is here when you need us.