Take steps to protect your files from cyber-criminals.
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As you work from home to protect yourself from COVID-19, protect your files too. Cyber-criminals are changing their tactics to attack more quickly during the crisis. Backing up your files now gives you an advantage if your device later becomes infected with malware (or malicious software), which can lock away your important documents, spreadsheets, pictures, videos, music, and more.

What to Do:

Your department should have a procedure for storing and automatically backing up employees’ work files. Check with your supervisor if you’re not sure where to save your work files.

You should also regularly back up files that are stored on your personal devices. If your device becomes infected with malware, backups ensure that your important files aren’t lost. You can back up important files by copying those files to a cloud service, an external hard drive, or a USB drive.

To learn more about the importance of backing up files, check out the Ransomware cybersecurity training module at https://go.illinois.edu/securitytraining.

Stay safe, stay secure. Contact securitysupport@illinois.edu with questions or feedback. 

-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team