IT Issues Ransomware Alert

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Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and The City of Cape Girardeau was victim of an attack last month.  Ransomware is a type of malware which, once installed on a computer, will encrypt important data and hold it for ransom until a fee is paid. While it doesn’t steal data, the data itself can no longer be accessed.  If Ransomware gets access to system data, it can disable entire business systems and critical applications.

You are the primary defense against ransomware. It typically gets installed by an individual opening an infected file or clicking on a link to an infected website.

Be vigilant. Don’t open any document in an email from someone you don’t know or weren’t expecting. If you are unsure, play it safe.

If you have important data on your computer, it is always a good idea to back it up. An easy way to backup and protect your data is to store it on Microsoft OneDrive. This will protect it from Ransomware with the added benefit of accessing your documents wherever you have an Internet connection.

For more information, call the Information Technology (IT) Help Desk at (573) 651-4357.

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