Many of the top security threats that were relevant in 2017 will likely grow in 2018. Lately, we have seen a high rise in malicious internet threats and ransomware. 2017 made us realize that cyber crimes will not go away anytime soon. 2017 also taught us that it is getting tougher for the inexperienced computer user to safely access a computer or the internet because there are so many threats lurking. Today, it is critically important that computer users install the latest patches and updates to avoid any threats or anything that is seen as a threat.
If you do not want to run across any threats on the internet, you should always be aware of the critical threats that can wreak havoc. It is also important that you stay aware of the latest threats and ransomware trends that are being distributed. We also suggest that you do not hold off on installing things that have been recommended by your computer or any device that you operate.
When you have the latest copies or versions of an operating system, this will help prevent any hackers or cyber criminals from bypassing firewalls or security measures that may have been in the previous versions of the software or operating system.
We want your company to take the proper safety precautions in 2018. We also want to provide you with the following safety and security tips that we think can help you avoid any workplace-related threats and hacks.
Tip 1: Update Your Programs
Make sure all of your software and programs are updated to the current version. You should also remember to install the updates from the actual website of the software creator. There are various fake updates that many people unknowingly use. These fake updates can infect your computer with viruses and malware.
Tip 2: Using Microsoft Office
When you use your Microsoft Office program, you should make sure you only enable Macros when you know the file is not harmful. If you do not recognize the file or the sender, you should not enable Macros. To increase your safety, you should scan that file with your security software before you open the file.
Tip 3: E-Mail
Do not open any email or any email attachments that you are unfamiliar with. If you do not know the sender of the email or if you did not expect to receive a message from a certain person, you should be very cautious about the particular email.
Additional Tips You Should Follow
- Make sure you are aware of the latest patches and updates that have been released by Microsoft
- Install the updates when they become available. If you hold off on the updates, you may forget to install them.
- Use a legitimate security program.
- Make sure you are using a proper data backup.
Many people will believe that their systems or internet service is not at any risk. They will believe that their workplace is not vulnerable to threats. Cyber criminals create malware, ransomware, and spyware programs that can get into any operating system, including the systems in your workplace. Whenever we log into our computers, we are putting ourselves at risk.
This is why it is so important to be aware of the dangers and threats that surround you. When you are aware of the latest threats and viruses, you can take the necessary threats to protect your computers and your network. Do you think your systems will be safe in 2018? Have you taken the necessary precautions to keep your data safe?
For more information on virus releases, threats, or advice on how to keep your data safe, do not hesitate to contact us today.