A stitch in time saves nine! Sounds familiar? A good investment in a high-quality antivirus software may save you from a lot of trouble later on.
As the hype created by ransomware attackers is truer than reality, it is better to be prepared than to regret it later. As you know, the encrypted data can only be acquired from the attacker after paying a good amount of money. Until then all your data is at the mercy of the attacker.
There are a few preventive measures that can be taken by you to avoid becoming a victim to the hacker.
- Do not fall for phishing. Knowing the amount of time spent by people with technology, phishing scams are finding cellphones users more easy targets. Through your cell phones, they can easily access your phone data and email.
- It is also important to train your employees and keep an eye on their online activities. It is often seen that while downloading files and notifications, people sometimes click on attachments and end up giving access to an unknown person.
- Updating your software as frequently as possible is another reason to keep danger away. If your system is updated regularly and the software are updated, then there’s no way that the attacker may gain access to your system.
- Backup your files and any important data that needs to protected and needs to be kept in a record. Use a backup USB port and an iCloud account to save your data. The USB drive should not be connected to the device all the time to avoid intrusion in the system. Similarly, a back up on iCloud should be kept in multiple files just in case the ransomware had somehow accessed data.
- Keep your networking segmented. A network can not be accessed easily if it has to be accessed through multiple channels and with different credentials. The more complicated it is the safer you will be.
- Install the software that helps you to detect the problem as soon as it enters your system. There is software available in the market that detects the intrusion the minute they enter.
- It is also seen that devices or systems with weak passwords are more vulnerable than the ones with strong passwords. Train your staff to use stronger passwords
- Talk to your staff about possible threats online and train them to learn to deal with these things. If they find anything which is suspicious, they should immediately report the IT department about it.
- Do not click on plugins or attachments without scanning them and knowing for sure what they contain.
- Use of limited hours of the internet can also help avoid accessing the system. If you are online 24/7, then it is not difficult for the attacker to enter your system without any problems.
In the end, it is very important to have the best firewalls and antivirus software installed on your devices to avoid becoming a victim of ransomware.