Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on your computer and demands payment in exchange for the key. This poses an immediate risk to any business, but what can you do if prevent it? The first step – absolutely imperative- is maintaining proper security practices such as backing up data regularly (and not storing too much), ensuring all apps are updated with their latest patches; updating software definitions automatically through Microsoft Update or Apple Software Updates Services (SUS).
One way to prevent ransomware attacks is by practicing safe computer use. Here are some tips for staying protected when browsing the web:
- Don’t visit sites that you don’t recognize or aren’t “http://” secure.
- Don’t open email messages from unknown senders.
- Keep your security software up to date and run regular full system scans.
- Be careful about opening attachments, especially those with file types such as .exe, .vbs, and .scr.
It is also a good idea to back up files frequently in case malware does make it past security software or if a ransomware attack encrypts all of your important documents and other important files before you take action to stop it. If you store backups offline, this makes them harder for criminals to access should they succeed in infecting your computer with ransomware.
Risk for this type of cybercrime is high if your data gets hit with ransomware. The best prevention strategy will be to stay up-to-date on any patches or updates that may come out because it’s only after the infection has begun do users realize what happened when their files became inaccessible without paying off hackers in bitcoin currency – which they’re most likely going to demand before giving back access again.
Use reputable software. How to prevent ransomware normally begins with keeping up-to-date on patches and updates, which protects you from known vulnerabilities in your system. But because attackers will always be looking for new ways to exploit weaknesses, using reputable software is also part of the strategy. If you’re not sure whether or not the software you use could become a vector for ransomware attacks, contact the provider and ask them about their security measures and what they do to protect users and keep them informed. Never download pirated content. Most malware spreads through links in spam messages or by piggybacking on downloads that appear legitimate but actually contain malicious code – without raising any alarm bells beforehand.
The best protection against all types of viruses start with prevention.
If you encounter ransomware, the best course of action is to shut down your PC immediately and seek help. If you are infected, disconnect your computer from the Internet as soon as possible and try to run an offline restore point if it’s available on your system. Remember that ransomware can also be installed through USB drives or other external devices, so make sure that all removable storage media are safe before using them again.
Ransomware is here to stay – there’s no doubt about this after the huge number of successful attacks in 2016-2017 alone – but users who remain vigilant should be able to avoid infection at least 90% of the time (if not more). The key lies in protection awareness and taking.