Stop and think, don’t click that link.

Ransomware is now the most common form of malware used to attack computer systems. Foreign governments and foreign non-governmental entities are launching attacks against us daily in record numbers, aimed at both private businesses and public institutions. What can you do about it?

Tips for preventing cyberattacks

All it takes is one click and you could open yourself or your company up to a crippling attack. The good news is ransomware and other attacks are largely preventable.

  1. Slow down. Cybercriminals use urgency to scare you into making bad decisions. Feeling rushed? That’s on purpose. The more uneasy you are, the more likely you are to download or click on something dangerous.
  2. Think critically. Viruses and malware are most often attached to an innocent-looking email, urging you to click on a link to a website or open a malicious attachment. If you didn’t request the information, don’t click. Period.
  3. Hover over links before you click. This will show you the full URL, often even for shortened links. Be on the lookout for random strings of characters or domains that are off by one character.
  1. Triple-check the sender. In your inbox, hover over the “from” and “reply-to” names or expand the details to get more information. Don’t rely on the display name alone. Keep an eye out for any strange domains or close variations of your colleagues’ email addresses.
  2. Still not sure? Use a link checker. These free sites scan URLs for malicious software, phishing attempts, and associations with spam campaigns. Try out or
  3. Contact your IT department. Always follow your company’s cybersecurity guidelines and report any suspicious emails or other messages to your IT department right away.

Download the fact sheet

Staying safe is all about knowing what’s out there. Knowledge is power. Download our printable tip sheet. Stick it on the wall near your computer, on the fridge or in the breakroom.

Do some good and spread the word. Print out extra and hand them out to friends and family. You could help them avert a huge disaster.

When in doubt, remember: Stop and think, don’t click that link.

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Understanding what’s out there is half the battle. Years ago, viruses were all you had to worry about. Now there’s malware, ransomware, adware, phishing, spear phishing, vishing — the list goes on and on.

Click the headers to see trusted resources to help you in the fight against cybercrime.

Ransomware decryption tools

Ransomware can devastate your business or your personal life. Before you pay up, consider a ransomware decryption tool, like these:

Staying up to date

Your best bet for avoiding scams and organized malware campaigns is to know what’s out there.

Link/URL checkers

These free sites scan URLs for malicious software, phishing attempts and associations with spam campaigns. They can be a lifesaver when you’ve done your due diligence but still feel unsure.

How to report cybercrime

Did you fall for a phishing scam or were you the victim of a cybercrime? You can file a report with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Be sure to hang onto any supporting evidence, including emails, receipts or chat transcripts. Gather it all together before you submit your complaint to make the process easier.