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- All employees should be instructed to immediately unplug the Ethernet network cable or disable Wi-Fi on the system if they suspect a ransomware infection has initiated. This will prevent the ransomware from spreading to other devices on the network or infecting backups that are stored on the network or in a cloud environment. Do not reconnect until the computer or device has been thoroughly scanned and cleaned.
- Alternatively, instruct employees to turn off the power or unplug the power cord from the system. Although doing so inhibits complete forensic analysis of the infected device, it stops the encryption process and may limit data loss.
- Employees should notify the appropriate information security contact within your organization as quickly as possible.
Do not use online banking services when you are out in public and when other people are around. It is also recommended to never use a publically available device or WiFi network to conduct your transactions.
Always remain suspicious of questions that ask you for personal or sensitive information via email or unsolicited telephone calls, regardless of how authentic the caller or sender may seem.
Consider setting aside some time to do some digital spring cleaning. First, clean out all of your online accounts. Delete unused accounts, remove payment cards if they are no longer used, update passwords, archive or delete emails that contain personally identifiable information (PII), and review your security settings. Second, clean out all of your devices. Remove unused accounts and applications, clear the recycling bin and downloads folder, update your security settings, and ensure that all hardware and software is up-to-date. Third, check your browser settings. Make sure your browser is up-to-date with the latest security patches, clear your browser history and data, and clean autofill settings and password managers.