The Petya ransomware virus has hit computer servers across the globe this week, with Australian organisations also affected. Ransomware makes your computer or its files unusable unless you pay a fee (a ransom).
In particular, businesses, individuals and households who have not updated their Microsoft Windows software are most vulnerable to the virus. It’s a timely reminder to improve your cyber security.
Here’s what you should do:
- Keep your devices (laptops, desktops, tablets, mobiles) updated with the latest patches from your provider such as Microsoft Windows
- Confirm that backups are available and working – guidance on backups is available for businesses and individuals
Other cyber security tips to remember are:
- Use complex passwords to access systems and devices and use different passwords for different systems
- Only install software on your devices from trusted providers such as provider app stores
- Get antivirus software installed on each device an ensure it is current
- Never open attachments from people you don’t know or that are unexpected from someone you do know
- Don’t provide personal details to people you don’t know and trust
- Be cautious when visiting websites
If you think you have been affected by ransomware, please contact us immediately on 132 888 to help secure your banking.