10 Ways to Avoid Worries About Ransomware

///10 Ways to Avoid Worries About Ransomware

The ransomware attacks occurring in increasing numbers judging by the news about the many companies in recent weeks and months. One of the most effective ways to combat this form of cyber crime is to spread the knowledge. That is why we have compiled a comprehensive list of the ten most effective ways to prevent ransomware within your organization.

The list just goes deeper into the steps you can take, and is also just a little bit more complete than its predecessor. It consists of preventive measures and advice, but also includes other things to take care of you as a business – in case this nasty malware knows invade your organization.

Like this list useful? Share the post with your colleagues, employees, and friends, and help people and businesses learn how to move the dangers of ransomware out of the way.

The ransomware attacks occurring in increasing numbers judging by the news about the many companies in recent weeks and months. One of the most effective ways to combat this form of cyber crime is to spread the knowledge. That is why we have compiled a comprehensive list of the ten most effective ways to prevent ransomware within your organization.

The list just goes deeper into the steps you can take, and is also just a little bit more complete than its predecessor. It consists of preventive measures and advice, but also includes other things to take care of you as a business – in case this nasty malware knows invade your organization.

Like this list useful? Share the post with your colleagues, employees, and friends, and help people and businesses learn how to move the dangers of ransomware out of the way.

What is malware again?

data security photoMalware is malicious code that encrypts your data using an unbreakable encryption key. It then demands ransom for the release of these data. The malware often enters your system from within innocent-looking e-mail attachments or links to malicious websites. Prevention is the only effective way to protect your system from malware.

How do you fight ransomware?

  1. Make regular backups

By making regular backups as quickly as possible, you can prevent access to data encrypted by ransomware. To avoid the backups to be infected, they should be set to read only and stored in a secure online location, or in the cloud.

  1. Patch software regularly

By patching your operating systems, browsers, used applications and network devices, you reduce the vulnerability of your organization and block your common infections ransomware.

  1. Monitor and block suspicious traffic

An IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) can suspicious outbound network traffic monitoring and alert you, or directly take action predetermined. Blocking this traffic will reduce the contamination and further prevent data loss.

  1. Scan all internet downloads

Use web filtering software to scan all Internet downloads, and ensure that users have access to known malicious Web sites. Even if a phishing email come in and the user clicks on a link, the access to the site of infected file downloads should be blocked.

  1. Scan incoming e-mail attachments

Use of email security software to scan attachments or specific file types in the appendix before they reach the mailbox is a good practice. Especially, it is useful in combination with an antivirus program with real-time endpoint scanning.

  1. Block suspicious executables

Use the restrictions that Windows itself provides or use intrusion prevention software to ensure that executables are not placed in folders that are frequently used by ransomware to host malicious processes, such as temporary user folders.

  1. Clear the Hide extensions for known file types

Ransomware often tries to hide its true identity to pose as a known file type. An infected file that masquerades as a PDF document, (for example “Invoice.pdf.exe), the file appears as “Invoice.pdf. As a result, it is difficult for users to note the threat.

  1. Enhance the Microsoft Office security

Several recent ransomware versions use infected Microsoft Word documents and pose as genuine bills. Reduce the risk of infection by using Group Policy and to ensure that macros are not carried out in all Microsoft Office applications.

  1. Limit users

By making sure that users need to access only what they are to do their work, restricting the impact of infection and reduce the chance that the ransomware spreads throughout your entire organization.

  1. Instruct your users

Your users are your last line of defense in the fight against many security threats. Ransomware was not nearly as successful if there were not so many infected files were downloaded and run by inexperienced users – such as opening unsolicited email attachments, clicking malicious links, etc.

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By |2016-10-10T16:20:56+00:00October 10th, 2016|Data Security, Technology|1 Comment

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  1. Ogeto Omwancha January 25, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Indeed this are great insights and lifestyle tips for our current generation which has fully embraced the use of digital technology almost in all aspects of daily life. Truth is, you’re still largely on your own when it comes to fighting ransomware attacks, which hackers use to encrypt your computer or critical files until you pay a ransom to unlock them. The Dark Web and Bitcoin allow almost anyone to sell stolen data without identification—cyber criminals understand they can make easy cash without the risk of being jailed. The days of grammatically incorrect, mass spam phishing attacks are pretty much over. People should always exercise caution when opening unsolicited emails or visiting websites they are unfamiliar with. Never download an app that hasn’t been verified by an official store, and read reviews before installing programs. There is always going to be a new, more hyper-evolved variant of ransomware delivered along a new vector that exploits a newly-found vulnerability within a common-use application, but there are so many technologies out there that offer security—you just have to use them.

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