A smidgeon of prevention could reduce the chance of a big hack headache
Greg Miller, IT Analyst, Bankers’ Bank of the West
Posted October 2019

The often-heard claim “everything is bigger in Texas” is unfortunately proving true for ransomware, which has hit at least 22 municipalities in in that state. Clearly, ransomware is not going away; in fact, it continues to rank at the top of most troublesome hacks affecting companies all over the world. Here a few pointers on how to avoid being part of the next statistic to fall victim to ransomware. These can be applied by towns and cities, in your workplace, and even in your home.

  1. Start with the most basic and easy-to-implement preventive measure: Don’t click on things—links and images, for example—you’re unsure of. If you have even the slightest doubt about its legitimacy, do NOT click.
  2. Then: Back up, back up, back up. Make sure your company backs up regularly. At home, too, make sure to back up things that are important. If you don’t want to lose it, back it up.
  3. Furthermore, patch: Be sure that any time a new update or patch is issued for your computer, cell phone, or other internet-connected devices, install the patch promptly. The majority of hacks come from unpatched software that allows malicious actors to gain access.

These are just a few simple steps to help keep you safe from becoming the next in a long line of compromised victims. Be safe online, and be careful clicking!