Ransomware Virus: Deadly or Preventable?

The first step in preventing any virus from attacking your computer is being aware; aware of current viruses and the effects they can have on your computer system. Recent news has circled around the Ransomware virus.

Many might be asking, what is the Ransomware Virus?

Crypto

The Ransomware virus is a software from Crypto virology. The goal of the virus is to encrypt data on a targeted system until the primary owner pays a ransom for their information back. Cyber- thieves and hackers often threaten to publish the victim’s data. There have been cases in which the thieves will permanently block access until they pay the desired amount.

Advancement in technology are making it easier for attacks to target not just consumers, but small businesses, corporations, and even government agencies. It is highly recommended to secure yourself against attacks.

What can you do to ensure your data is protected against the Ransomware Virus? 

First and foremost, back up your data. Backing up your data is one of the best ways you can take back the driver’s seat when it comes to controlling your company’s data. Without properly backing up your data, the only option you might have to recover files is to pay the ransom. Even then, your data could be at risk of infection.

Avoid Spam Emails

Do not open any suspicious emails or links. They could easily lead to sites that will infect and lead you down an undesirable path.

Be sure to update your software regularly 

Protect and update your software, such as: Java, Adobe Flash Player, and web browsers. It is important to maintain sufficient firewall protection, as your network’s security and vulnerability depends upon it.

Use Strong Passwords 

By setting up different passwords for each account and ensuring they are each unique you can lower the likelihood of an attack.

I’ve been attacked: HELP

What do I do If I have been attacked by the Ransomware Virus? 

If you have already been affected by the Ransomware virus, seek to recover your files through your backups. Occasionally, these will be infected as well, but you definitely want to keep backups in different locations for this very purpose. Wipe any infected endpoints and rebuild them.

Contact your local service provider and report the problem to an authoritative source for proper recovery.