We have all heard about the cyber attack that occurred last weekend, affecting huge organisations like the NHS and Telefonica. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses and individuals don’t take the time to review the security systems installed on their computer. Here are some ways to prevent yourself from future cyber attacks.
1. Do not open emails from unknown senders
We might have gotten emails in the past which may look legit but are actually from a suspicious address. These sort of emails often trick you into giving your personal information away, and some may even have malware.
If you end up getting one of those emails, DELETE it immediately, and if possible report it as spam.
2. Make sure you install the latest Windows updates
Microsoft issues patches regularly, and these patches can improve the security and performance of your computer. To ensure you get these updates, make sure you have Windows Update enabled.
It is enabled by default on Windows 10, however in older versions you might want to check if it is set to install updates automatically. You can do so by going to Windows Update in Control Panel, and making sure that “Install updates automatically (recommended)” is the selected option.
3. Use up to date antivirus software
We at Gamenology recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, and Windows Defender for 8.1 and 10. It is a free antivirus program from Microsoft and is updated regularly. You can download it for Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 and 10 already have it installed and enabled by default, but you might want to check your settings just in case.
4. Use a supported Windows version
Seriously, if you’re still clinging on to XP, we strongly advise you to upgrade as soon as possible. Microsoft terminated XP support on April 8 2014, leaving it vulnerable to malware and attacks like the one that happened last weekend. And if you’re using Windows 8.0, update to Windows 8.1 immediately from the Windows Store as Microsoft is no longer offering support for Windows 8.0. Think of Windows 8.1 as a service pack that you have to apply to get future updates.
And hopefully if you have followed these guidelines you should be well protected from the latest cyber attacks that are out there. Remember, make sure you keep them updated, as new attacks may happen from time to time.