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10 Steps to Protect You From Ransomware

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Ransomware attacks can be devastating, encrypting your files and rendering them inaccessible until a ransom is paid or a clean system backup is restored.
To protect your computer from ransomware attacks, here are some simple steps you can take:
  1. Keep your operating system and software up to date Software updates often include security patches that address known vulnerabilities, so it's important to keep your operating system and all of your software up to date.

  2. Use a reputable antivirus software An antivirus program can help detect and remove malware from your computer, and can also block known malicious websites and email attachments. Make sure to keep the software updated and run scans regularly.

  3. Be cautious about clicking links and opening email attachments Ransomware is often spread through email attachments or links, so be cautious about clicking on links or opening email attachments from unknown or suspicious sources.

  4. Back up your important files Backing up your files regularly means that even if you are hit with a ransomware attack, you will still have access to your files. Keep your backups on an external hard drive or a cloud service, and make sure they are not connected to your computer all the time.

  5. Be aware of phishing attempts Phishing attempts are a common method used to spread ransomware. Be aware of the signs of a phishing attempt, such as emails that ask for personal information or that contain links or attachments that you were not expecting.

  6. Use a firewall Firewalls can help block incoming connections from known malicious IP addresses. Make sure that your computer's firewall is turned on, and use an additional firewall to enhance security.

  7. Limit the number of users with administrative rights Only give administrative rights to users who really need them. This makes it harder for a ransomware attack to spread through your network.

  8. Use a sandbox environment A sandbox environment can help you test unknown files or email attachments safely before opening them on your computer.

  9. Educate yourself and your team Make sure you understand the different types of ransomware and how they spread, and make sure your team is aware of the risks and how to spot them.

  10. Cyber Security insurance Seriously consider adding it to your business insurance cover.

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It's important to note that no security measures can guarantee 100% protection, and new variants of ransomware are constantly being developed. By following these steps and staying vigilant, you can greatly reduce the risk of falling victim to a ransomware attack.

 

Comdex Training, 2022

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