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Malware protection

We have robust systems in place to protect our computers and network from attacks from malware and a virus, though we understand that these may not always be sufficient.

 

We strongly advise all parents to read the advice below as, by just taking a few simple steps, it can greatly increase your defences against ransomware.  The three most important steps to take are:

 

1.    Ensure you are running the latest version of software and operating system available and install system and app updates on all devices as soon as they become available;

 

2.    Make your that you have anti-virus or anti-malware software on all devices and keep it updated;

 

3.    Back-up regularly: create regular back-ups of your important files to a device (e.g. external hard drive) that isn’t left connected to your computer – if it is not, any malware - such as ransomware - could spread to that, too.

 

Further excellent advice and technical guidance has been issued by the National Cyber Security Centre and can be found here:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

 

If you have been affected by ransomware, please report it straight away via the cybercrime reporting portal at Action Fraud via this link:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-a-fraud-including-online-crime