NEW advice about cyber-attack prevention has been issued by Gloucestershire police after last week’s NHS ransomware assault.

Their advice is aimed at protecting individuals and businesses from this specific type of malware attack.

It predicts that incidents may increase after the highly publicised assault on the NHS’ ICT systems.

Their key messages include: Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.

Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.

Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some third party stores.

A spokesman said: “Criminals use opportunities like this to further defraud people using 'phishing' and 'smishing' tactics.

“We would therefore urge people to be cautious and wary when contacted by people who claim to be from the NHS in relation to the ransomware attack.”

Police urge people not to open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.

Any individuals or businesses who believe they have been a victim of the ransomware attack or other type of fraud attack are urged to report it to Action Fraud here, where you can also find information on how to protect your data and devices.