10 ways to: Protect Yourself from Ransomware

Ransomware protection requires vigilance and education in many areas. There is no single way to protect yourself completely from ransomware. However, by following a number of practices you will be safer and reduce the risk of catching ransomware.

Here is a top-ten list of protections you can implement.

1. Keep your computers and phones up-to-date with software patches:

Always remember to run frequent updates on internet-connected devices, to ensure all security protections are up-to-date. Better yet, let the devices update themselves. As a rule, everything that is connected to the internet should have the latest versions of security software.

2. Get the official products:

Make sure to only obtain updates from the correct sources. Don’t use unknown third-party downloads which may actually be hosting malware.

3. Backup regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-line and off-site:

This should be standard protocol even without the threat of ransomware, there are any number of ways people can lose their original files from floods to theft — by encrypting your backup you won’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands. Regular back-ups is the single biggest protocol that will defeat ransomware. If you think daily updates is a nuisance, you can outsource to an IT service provider who will back you up daily and maintain your backups for up to a month.

4. Do not download and install cracked software:

Cracked software is frequently used to distribute malware. It may not directly contain ransomware but it can have a Trojan or downloader inside it that will later download ransomware. Many cracked software packages are actually used by Distributed Denial of Service toolsets.

5. Stop opening email attachments without really understanding who sent it:

The most common attack method is email attachments. Frequently users just open attachments without really knowing who or why they are receiving it. Stop and ask your IT team or your IT friend before opening an attachment that looks suspicious.

6. User education:

This is the first line of defense, simply educate your staff to stay away from suspicious links and emails. Educating users on proper handling and tell-tale signs is crucial to preventing these types of attacks.

7. Reputable Anti-virus and Security suite:

There is nothing more important than your security, this is one area where you should never scrimp on cost. Get the best security suite you can to suit your needs. There are a variety of enterprise payment plans and even Anti-Virus rental possibilities.

8. Be cautious when browsing the internet:

Although ransomware and malware is predominately distributed through downloads and emails, they can infect your computers simply by browsing the wrong site. To protect your business, it is often wise to use a service which stops employees from browsing websites that are deemed to be unsafe. A black list of sites can be pulled from a central database that raise red flags on company laptops in or out of your office.

9. Personalize your Anti-Spam:

Most ransomware variants are known to spread through eye-catching emails that contain contagious attachments. It’s a great idea to configure your webmail server to block all executable attachments.

10. If it’s too much — Managed Services:

If you are confused by these rules and protocol, or you simply don’t have the IT resources, a managed service solution could take away the headache. A managed service provider can help you patch, manage, back-up files, monitor your staff, and much more.

If you feel you would like to know more about malware prevention, you can speak to our team who would be happy to assist you. You can simply visit us: www.aware.co.th

Written by Sean Allan, Digital Marketing Manager at Aware Corporation
Edited by Adam Spanier, Information Technology Director at Aware Corporation

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