Patients with major injuries recently had to be diverted to Hull Royal Infirmary after a virus infected the NHS computer system. The trust which runs Goole and District Hospital, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), was forced to declare a major incident after the attack caused it to shut down its computer systems.
This attack goes to show that nobody is safe from virus attacks, not even a large public sector organisation with a huge budget. The risk to smaller businesses is just as great, as if you do not have proper virus protection then you could have your business disrupted. Downtime can cripple of even kill a small business that relies on computer system, so do not put yourself at risk through negligence.
- Install a good virus guard
- Install Real-time spyware protection
- Ensure virus and spyware protection is always up to date
- Schedule regular system scans on your virus protection
- Ensure emails are virus scanned at your mail server
- Do not open attachments you are not expecting
- Don’t follow links if you don’t know where they go to
- Don’t trust the ‘From’ address in an email – this can be easily spoofed
- Never run your Windows PC with Administrator rights
- Enable a firewall
You and your staff must take responsibility for keeping your IT systems secure – as well as helping you with these ten points, Digitalquill can provide training on how to keep virus free. If you need more advice or training on virus or malware protection, including how to effectively deal with ransomware, or if you have been infected with a virus and don’t know what to do, we can help.