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ALERT: Ask Before Opening Attachments!

This is just a friendly “Head’s Up”.

I need to talk with you for a minute. Here’s the deal. It’s just NOT SAFE for you to open certain attachments. There’s too much risk. Many people have been hit recently with ransomware from unsafe email attachments.

If the attachment is anything but a PDF, you should confirm the attachment with the sender by email, text, or phone before opening the attachment. Please don’t trust links in any email. Files within emails that say things like: “Click Here”, or “Click Here to Find Out More”, and “Click to View” often hide malware.

I’ve talked with some of our clients and the clients of other companies that have been attacked. In the broader world of computing, the war on ransomware has become a BIG deal. People are losing their data and their money. Even their businesses are being endangered.

Opening attachments (especially ones that look like Word or Excel documents) just isn’t worth the headache, downtime, and cost. Unfortunately, criminals can use attachments to load dangerous software onto your computer.

If you are unsure what procedures to put into place regarding email attachments, give me a call at (403) 274-7848 or send an email to sales@kmsi.net. I’d rather take the time to walk you through it than have you fall prey to criminal enterprises.

My company, K&M Systems Integration, has the expert advice and guidance to help you prepare yourself and your staff to spot and handle suspicious emails.

Using tools like spam filtering, desktop antivirus, and intelligent network firewalls can be of great assistance in this effort. Ultimately, it is “the firewall between your ears” – a well-informed mind – that is necessary to combat and defeat malware and ransomware.

All of these things are important tools, but the only real backstop is backups.  If you do nothing else, you need to ensure that you have frequent, complete, monitored, and tested backups. This is the only guarantee against ransomware.

I’d be glad to talk with you some more about protecting yourself against these threats. Give me a call, and we can discuss it.

Be careful!

Thank you,

 

Ken & The KMSI Team

K&M Systems Integration is at the forefront of cyber security and has your best interest at heart! To speak with one of our executive technology consultants call (403) 274-7848 or email sales@kmsi.net today.

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