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Cyber Crime: Stay Protected

Cyber Crime

Cyber Crime: Stay Protected

Identity Fraud in business is always a concern and with the busy Christmas period not that far away (yes I know!) it is essential that all staff are reminded how to check for true I.D and validate that information to stay compliant for insurance and data protection regulations.

Action Fraud is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime.The organisation publishes useful material in the fight against fraud ( Please click here to access their fraud guide for business leaflet.


What other risks are there to your business?

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down or encrypt the files on your device. Criminals use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), and will claim to restore access to your files or device once you have paid. Ransomware can be delivered in various ways; for example, via attachments in authentic looking emails purporting to be from genuine companies.

How to protect yourself: 

  • Anti-virus: Use anti-virus software on all of your devices and configure it to automatically update. Run a complete scan of your system to check for any malware infections. 
  • Updates: Install the latest software and app updates on all of your devices. These updates will often contain important security upgrades which help protect your device from viruses and hackers.
  • Backups: Backup all of your important data to a storage device that won’t be left connected to your computer or network, such as an external hard drive, or an online storage service. Please click here to see more information on the Prohire hosting service.
  • Emails: Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive. Spoofed emails purporting to be from a person or company you know of can be used to deliver ransomware.

If you have been a victim, please report it to ActionFraud. Every report you make helps us build a clearer picture of the threat from ransomware and allows the police to direct the focus of their investigations.

24/7 Reporting for Businesses
If you are currently experiencing a live cyber attack (an attack in progress), please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to speak with one of their specialist advisors. You should keep a timeline of events and save any information that is relevant to the attack.

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