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Protecting yourself against Ransomware

Protecting yourself against Ransomware


You have probably read in the news and seen emails recently about randomware. It is a particularly horrible virus that encrypts your files so you can’t open them, and the only way to get them open is to pay the creators of the virus a ransom. This time of year with report writing it is very important as you could lose hours of work, but the inconvenience of losing all your planning and students’ work can be frustrating as well.

But you can protect yourself against this and have procedures in place incase your school is infected.

The first thing to check is that you have a working anti-virus, as this is your first line of defence against any virus. If you are unsure check with your IT Support company.

The second most important is a reliable backup. Having an online backup is the easiest and most convenient way of making sure your work is backed up.  At Futurform we can provide this service for your school. We tend to backup to local USB as well as online. This gives you the convenience of being about to restore files quickly, with the security of having an offsite backup. So if you are unfortunate enough to get infected, it is easy to get your files back. If you would like to talk to us about this service, please call 01373 458503 or email

The third thing is user knowledge. Make sure staff understand how viruses get onto the system; being careful what they click on when they are on the internet, and opening email attachments that they are unsure about or not expecting. Taking the time to double check with the sender can save the whole system being infected.

It is the senior leadership team’s responsibility under principle 7 of the Data Protection Act to make sure that personal data is secure and the steps above are highly recommended to make sure that the school it meeting its statutory obligations.

It is better to be safe than sorry.

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