Ransomware, botnets and phishing scams were at an all-time high in 2018 and attackers are taking every opportunity to steal data for their own gain. In 2018, Microsoft found that “More than 75% of phishing mails include malicious URLs to phishing sites. Other variations include malicious phishing attachments and links to attachments.”
Microsoft puts its customer’s security at the forefront of its service. Microsoft Office 365 can help protect your devices and data. To ensure your data is secure, follow these best practices.
Beware of phishing scams. Don’t risk clicking on unfamiliar links, and carefully review notifications from banks to track potential damage to your accounts. Personalised emails that appear to be from a credit company can suggest an urgent need to act. If the email and link look the slightest bit suspicious, open a new window (do not click the link), and go directly to the website or call the main phone number to check your status.
Always have a backup. To better safeguard your files, use a cloud storage source like Microsoft’s OneDrive to back-up and protect your data against ransomware attacks. Microsoft follows a set of guidelines, requirements and processes for delivering rigorous levels of secure engineering, legal and compliance support for its cloud services.
Be careful when using insecure Wi-Fi networks. Research has found that one in five consumers make online purchases over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. If you are using a public Wi-Fi network, be sure your connection is encrypted and secure by looking for the “lock” icon in the top left of the address bar and always double check that the address you are navigating to is what you expected.
Keep software current. Run a modern operating system, like Windows 10, with the latest security and feature updates, in tandem with built-in anti-virus protection.