Ransomware is becoming increasingly pervasive and common. A few years ago, when we spoke to business owners about Ransomware, very few had heard of it. Nowadays, most managers and directors know that Ransomware is a concern, and likely not going away anytime soon.
Ransomware, simply put, involves a hacker accessing your systems, encrypting your data, and demanding payment via untraceable means (often Bitcoin) in order to return it to you. And unfortunately, you never have any guarantee that they will do what they said they will. Ransomware attacks are often dispersed using phishing schemes, spam emails, Trojans, password-stealers, ad clickers, and so much more.
Once files are encrypted, ransomware prompts the user for a ransom to be paid within a day or two to decrypt the files, or they will be lost forever. Here are 4 things you can do to better protect your computers, data, and business from a ransomware attack.
Back up your data
Having a regularly updated backup can help defeat ransomware. If you are attacked with ransomware, you can restore your system and not pay the attackers a penny.
Patch your software
Software developers regularly release security updates. We’ve all been guilty of pressing the “remind me later” button and putting off updates for as long as possible. But it’s something you should avoid at all costs. Cybercriminals can use this hole in your software to gain access into your systems. By patching and updating your computer, you can decrease your chances of a potential ransomware attack.
Check your emails
Be wary of suspicious emails, especially if they include links and files. Email is one of the popular methods a cybercriminal uses to get into your network. If you are questioning whether an email is authentic and from a trusted source, do not download or click anything and delete it immediately. If you are concerned, pick up the phone and try to call the contact to confirm.
Use a strong security “stack”
By using a good security “stack”, you can protect your computer and your network from being breached. A good software stack includes antivirus, a business-grade firewall, and email filtering software. These tools will look for threats, unsafe links, and can protect you from malicious emails, viruses, and external entry into your network.
By following these the 4 tips above, you can avoid becoming the victim of a ransomware attack. These protective measures can go a long way to ensuring your computer and business is protected. If you are interested, we can also conduct a free network assessment to see if your business is truly secured. Call us now at (416) 966-3306 for your free assessment. It could end up saving you thousands of dollars later!