Recently there have been more reports of Email ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and prevents you from accessing your files until you pay money to the hackers to regain access to your computer. Ransomware can be spread to you through attachments in emails, using compromised software, and visiting sketchy websites. That being said, there are some ways for you to avoid ransomware. Here are some tips:
Backup all of your data
- A good backup plan is always smart when it comes to viruses and malware. Although this isn’t a preventative measure, it’s still a good idea. Getting locked out of your files isn’t as big of a deal when you have a backup of everything. Remember to backup once or twice a day and to not have your software constantly backing everything up. Even better – use an external hard drive and cloud storage to backup in two different places. Make sure to routinely test backups for data integrity and to ensure that it’s operational.
Antivirus and Security Software
- Enable regular system and network scans with antivirus programs. Create an anti-spam solution to stop phishing emails from reaching the network. Consider adding a warning message to all emails from external sources that reminds users of the dangers of clicking on links and opening attachments.
Keep all systems updated
- It’s very important to keep all of your systems updated – including all hardware, mobile devices, software, and applications. Use a centralized update management system if available. The chances of your system getting infected with ransomware reduces significantly when you keep your system up to date.
Remove any add-ons or plugins
- Remove all plugins and add-ons on your browser that are no longer needed. Remember to update all plugins if you still need them. Use a proxy server for Internet access and consider ad-blocking software. You can also restrict access to common ransomware entry points, such as personal email accounts.
Don’t open suspicious emails
- This one is pretty simple – don’t open any links if you are unsure of what it is. Even if the email is sent from somebody you know with a suspicious link do not open the link. If you think there is anything suspicious about an email it is better to play it on the safe side and not open anything.
To sum everything up – the best route you can take when it comes to avoiding ransomware is to avoid any links / emails that seem suspicious, update all of your antivirus and security software, and make sure you have backups of all of your important files and data.