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How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks: Everything You Need to Know

November 4, 2019

The first ransomware attack occurred in 1991 by sending floppy disks via surface mail to researchers. Since then, ransomware attacks have become much more complicated.

Nowadays, you have to be diligent to prevent ransomware attacks. Read on for our best tips on ransomware protection. 

Keep Antivirus Software Up to Date

It's vital that you keep your antivirus up to date. Enable automatic updates on the software. These updates often fix weak spots or known holes in the software.

Also, many antivirus software has a built-in ransomware detector that adds an extra layer of protection. 

Some security packages will even make copies of the files that are threatened by ransomware.

Also, make sure you have a good firewall to help you prevent ransomware attacks. 

Don't Click on Links

If you get an email that you seems off, don't click any links. Even if the email seems to be from a reputable company like your bank, cable provider, or credit card.

Sending fake emails with malicious links is the most common way of spreading ransomware.

Get into the habit of hovering over your links before you click. When you do, the full URL will show up. 

If the email seems to be from Netflix but is sending you to a URL with a bunch of strange characters and numbers, you can bet it is a malicious link.

If you aren't sure, contact the company the email seems to be from and confirm if they sent you that email. Visit their website or call the toll-free number.

Remember, if you don't click, you can avoid ransomware.  

Back Up Your Data

Make sure you frequently back up all your data. That way, if you do get hit by a cyber attack, you don't have to pay the ransom to get your data back.

Make sure to test your backups to ensure they are working well.

Keep Your Sensitive Data Private

Never, ever provide your personal information such as birthdate, address and credit card information to an unsolicited email, phone call or text message.

These cyber criminals often try to trick you into giving out this sensitive data by pretending to be from your IT department or from your credit card company.

Again, if you aren't sure, contact the right company or your IT department first. And don't provide that sensitive data.

Update Default Passwords

Clicking on a bad link isn't the only way that you can become infected with ransomware.

Hackers can try to access your servers and other devices by hacking their passwords. Often, they use bots to help them crack passwords. All six-digit passwords can be cracked in under an hour. 

It's common for people to use easy-to-remember passwords. Unfortunately, those are easy to crack. Also, default passwords for certain logins should always be changed.

If necessary, use a secure password keeper to store your passwords safely.

Final Word on How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Thanks for reading. We hope this article has given you the information you need to prevent ransomware attacks at home and at work.

Alura Business Solutions offers sophisticated solutions that smaller IT firms simply cannot offer. Contact us today to learn how we can help your organization.

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