IT Security Reminders

Recent Ransomware Attacks Serve as Valuable Reminder

At least 20 government agencies have been hit by a coordinated ransomware attack, the Texas Department of Information Resources announced yesterday. While this incident didn’t impact Houston Methodist, it is a good reminder that we all play a role in keeping our patient data safe and there are proactive steps we can take.

  • Ransomware is a malicious software designed to block access to computer systems or data.
  • Phishing is a way of stealing usernames, passwords or other personal information. These emails may say something like, “Your account was compromised,” and tell you to change your password.

Stay on the lookout for questionable emails, including phishing messages, to help prevent security breaches at work and at home. Limit clicking on links in an email or opening attachments from external senders. Use your browser’s bookmarks to visit sites you frequently use.  

Here’s how you can help

  • Use Houston Methodist email, because it has several layers of security.
  • Don’t open attachments from your Gmail, Yahoo mail or other non-Houston Methodist email when using your work computer.

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