Security notice for personally owned windows computers.
Article Date: 10/05/2017

You have likely heard or read about the "ransomware" cyber-attack impacting NHS trusts, and many organisations around the world.

Cardiff Met computers are routinely patched against known vulnerabilities, and we therefore have no known cases of infection to date.

We would like to take this opportunity however to remind you of some steps to protect your computers at home:

  1. Ensure your computers are set to install security updates automatically.  You can find info on how to do this here
  2. If you are still using Windows XP or Vista (or Windows 8.0) – Microsoft have released a special patch to protect against this particular issue – which you can find here.  As Microsoft no longer routinely protects these operating systems, our advice would be to upgrade to a newer operating system.
  3. Back up your important files.  This recent attack – using "WannaCrypt" software, does not require you to click on an attachment or anything similar to infect your computer.  To protect yourself against such an attack, any important files / photos should be backed up.  One option would be to use the personal version of Microsoft OneDrive, which allows you to restore files to a previous version in the event they are encrypted by an attack.
  4. Use anti-virus software.  You can either enable Windows Defender that comes with Windows computers, or install a free tool such as AVG on your PC or Mac.