Internet threats are serious and so most people know something about viruses, malware and spyware. Ransomware is one of the scariest, and one of the fastest growing threats to your computer security. Businesses have even more cause than most to fear this malicious software. It’s time to make sure that you’re doing what you can to stop your business from becoming another ransomware statistic. Here are five tips that will help you avoid being held hostage in a ransomware cyber attack.
You and your employees are the first line of defense against ransomware – and all malware, really. Educating yourself and your employees on the dangers, and using best practices to keep yourself, your data and your network safe against ransomware is the best way to protect your business from a cyber attack.
You might have heard this before. It’s something that nearly everyone discussing ransomware says or writes about at some point. If you fall victim to ransomware, don’t pay the ransom. Paying it is no guarantee that you’re going to get your data back. In fact, the first payment is often a gateway to increasing demands and your data is still gone. Instead of paying the criminals who have hijacked your data, contact your IT service provider or fixer and let them know what is going on.
Regular backing up of your data is the most effective way to prevent a worst case scenario: actually losing your data completely. In the event that a ransomware attack does target your network, you should have a full copy of that network and its data, from just a few minutes before. Ideally, a copy of that backup should not be stored on the infected network or it will remain vulnerable to hackers. If you have a recent backup the hacker’s hold on you is much reduced.
New ransomware is always being created and used. Your operating system and software are always working overtime to come up with ways to keep your data and network secure, but can always do with careful monitoring. Updating your security software and paying attention to patches will help to make sure that you’re protected in a ransomware attack.
One of the primary methods of ransomware transmission and infection is email. Users should be cautious of any email that is unsolicited or unexpected. When in doubt, never click links within the message or open attachments. This will also protect you against phishing, in which cybercriminals attempt to steal valuable information.
Microsoft Windows users can keep up to date on ransomware and other malware on the Windows Defender Security Intelligence (WDSI) website, which includes a database of cyber threats to Windows computers. It’s estimated that ransomware attacks cost businesses $5 billion in 2017, so it’s worth staying ahead of the threat.
If you want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to reduce your chances of a ransomware strike, or any cyber attack, reach out to the security experts at Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644.
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