Mark Taylor 15 May 2017 11:25am

How to protect yourself from WannaCry

The cyber attacks across the world on Friday demonstrate how reliant we all are on technology

Caption: NHS hospital systems were crippled on Friday after they they became a victim of the global ransomware attack.

However, by performing some basic steps you can help protect your IT systems and client data from cyber crime.

Here we provide a summary of the key steps to help protect you:

This particular attack (WannaCry) only affects Microsoft Windows systems, smart phones and Apple Mac OS are safe from the malware.

Run Windows Update to update your PCs. Do this once a week.

Backup up your data. Test your backups regularly to make sure that you can restore it.

Be suspicious of unexpected emails that ask you to click on web links or open attached files. This is a common way to distribute malware.

Disable macros from running automatically.

Install anti-virus software and keep it up to date.

If in doubt consult with your IT service provider.

Further information can be found at 10 Steps to Cyber Security.

Mark Taylor, is ICAEW technical manager, technical innovation