What to do if you have clicked on a malicious link
7 Steps To Take If You Have Clicked On A Malicious Link
Disconnect your device
The very first thing you have to do if you believe you have clicked on a malicious link, is to get your device offline. Immediately you will need to turn off the wifi from the device which you believe is compromised. If you are on a wired connection, you can simply pull out the network cable. Taking your compromised device offline will reduce or even stop the malware spreading to any other devices on your network. Finally this will stop any sending of sensitive information from your device, while also denying someone from remotely accessing your device.
Notify your IT department
After disconnecting your device, you should notify your IT department. They might want to take over your device, or check if the malware has already spread to any other devices on your network. Therefore it is important that you act quick if you believe you have been compromised.
Back up your files
Scan your system for malware
Change your credentials
Enable web content filtering
You need to be sure that you don’t make the same mistake twice! If you are still receiving phishing emails like most of us do, you need to enable web content filtering. By doing so you can protect your device even if you click on a malicious link. Web filtering will enable your browser to block the malicious site even before it can infect your device.
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