Secure Your Computer Systems

With Crypto Locking and Ransomware all over the news for bringing down some of the largest corporations around it's time to think about your own network security. Have you done all you can to sleep well at night, knowing no one is going to demand $50,000 in Bitcoin to grant you access to your own data?

At CTAC we have come up with a ransom prevention policy and we believe its record speaks for itself. We have never had a network or computer under our control ransomed. That is not an easy thing to achieve and it's something we work hard in every day to maintain.

It's also important to note that hackers will not only target business computers and networks. They will attack home PS's, laptops, etc. Anyone who unknowing lets them in is a target.

Just last week I got a call from my step moms cell phone. She informed me that she had a person "from Microsoft" calling on her home phone saying that her computer was infected and spreading viruses around the internet. They informed her they wanted to dial in to fix the issue. She called me to see if I could take care of it for her instead of having the mystery caller dial in. Had she not had someone to call she would have had all her files locked and her pics of her grandkids would be at the mercy of a foreign hacker.

This is just an example of one way they get into your computer. It's called "social engineering". Social Engineering is where a hacker contacts a user or admin pretending to be a someone they are not in order to gain access to a computer system or network. It is just one of many ways a hacker will try gain access to your files.

Be aware of anyone claiming to be from Microsoft, Comcast, Dell, HP, etc. These companies in reality will never call you to tell you that you have a computer problem. It's good practice to not allow anyone you don't know personally access your computer from across the internet (or for that matter in person). Also beware of any internet pop-up telling you are infected and giving you a phone number to call. These are almost always fake. If you have a pop-up that will not let you close it, leave the page, or close your web browser try to close it via task manager and last resort reboot your computer.

These are just a couple hints. There are many things that can be done to secure your computers and networks so that when the hackers come knocking you are ready!

Feel free to come by CTAC for some advice and updates to your computers security. If you have a business or a non-profit give us a call. We will make a trip to your offices for a free security analysis.

Hopefully we have helped to save your priceless data!

Thanks for reading,