To all my clients far and wide: Due to the recent outbreak of ransomware that has wreaked havoc in many environments it is more important than ever to be vigilant about your computer use.
> Keep your machine updated (like check for and install updates now, not later)
>Be extremely cautious about email attachments, this should be a given already.
>>Never click on links or download attachments from unknown senders, even if they appear to be legit, if you don’t know the sender- DO NOT OPEN.
>>Even with people whom you regularly communicate, take the extra step of hovering over the senders name in the email and make sure the address matches a known address, many nefarious people send email “as” a persons name you routinely communicate, don’t be fooled – check to make sure it’s a legitimate email from a legitimate sender with a proper address.
>>Lastly NEVER click on a link from a random email address you don’t know that says something generic like “see your documents here” if you don’t know the sender – just no, in my opinion even if you do know the sender, contact them directly and verify they sent you a link and that they guarantee the legitimacy of said download link.
>>Just be careful and be aware/proactive, not just now but everyday for the rest of your life in using data and technology.
*Also, Microsoft will never call you and tell you they need to connect to your computer, hang up when that call comes.
*If a screen pops up saying you should call a number because your computer is infected, don’t call the number displayed on screen. Call McLean Data at 314.420.4218