In higher education, ransomware is a serious threat. As a reminder from past Techbytes, Ransomware can lock up and encrypt all the files you have access to until the ransom is paid or you decide to re-install your computer from scratch. Not only can ransomware effect a single computer, but can affect every computer connected to the campus network.
We have safeguards on campus-owned computers to protect from Ransomware. This may not be the case with your home computer. We ask you to be extra vigilant clicking on links in emails you did not expect, and pay special attention to the web site addresses that are returned when running an online search. Do you really want to click on that link?
Another good idea when using your personal PC, is not to keep work files on your hard drive. Keep your working files on your U and V drives and create shortcuts to access these files from your PC. This way if your system goes down, your work files can be easily recovered. If you are not connecting through the VPN, consider saving your work files frequently to your Google Drive.