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Easy Ways to Avoid Falling Victim to Ransomware

Posted on: 19/10/2016

Easy Ways to Avoid Falling Victim to Ransomware

Easy Ways to Avoid Falling Victim to Ransomware

As ransomware threats grow increasingly common, the chances are that you know someone, an organization, or a friend, who has suffered some form of attack. If you haven't been hit by ransomware personally - then you're lucky, but it's important that you don't allow yourself to rely on that luck for too long. The best way to protect yourself, and your valuable data, is to take steps to protect yourself in advance, as prevention is often better than cure.

Following, we'll cover just a few of the easiest ways that you can avoid falling victim to ransomware today.


1.   Back Up Files Regularly

If you do get infected with a dose of ransomware, then you're going to need backups that you can use - rather than paying to get your information back. Remember, backups can protect your business against more than ransomware - they're also useful in the event of fires, breakdowns, floods, and more.


2.   Patch Constantly

Malware that doesn't automatically come attached within documents on your email is typically reliant on bugs that can be placed into software and applications that download into your computer. The more you apply security patches to your system, the more you take away opportunities for cybercriminals to infect you with ransomware.


3.   Don't Enable Macros

There's a lot of ransomware currently being distributed within Office documents, designed to convince people to enabling macros. Microsoft recently released a tool in Office 2016 that limits the how macros work by preventing you from accessing them on documents that you download from the internet, so this may be worth looking into.


4.   Segment Your Company Network

Do what you can throughout your business to separate different functional areas within your company with firewalls. For example, the client and server networks should both be segmented, so that services and systems can only be accessed when it is completely necessary.


5.   Be Careful with Attachments

The suggestion of being cautious when you open attachments on emails and other sent files isn't a new concept - but it's one that is becoming increasingly important as ransomware becomes more common. If you don't know the person sending you a file, don't open it.


6.   Train and Retrain Employees

Finally, when it comes to protecting your business against cyber threats like ransomware, it's important to realize that your employees can frequently be the weakest link in your company if you haven't taken the time to train them in how to avoid dangerous documents and malicious emails. Training and retraining regularly will give your staff the resources they need to react appropriately to potential threats.



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