How to Avoid Ransomware

March 14, 2019

 

Ransomware is a dangerous online entity that causes problems for businesses of any size. It is able to encrypt workstations and networks, which makes it the top threat for your business. You need to protect your business from ransomware by having the best IT security and a disaster recovery plan in place. It is hard to remove ransomware when it has already started to infect a computer, so the best option is to prevent it from even happening in the first place. Here are some ways on how to protect your business from ransomware. 

 

Have a Data and Disaster Recovery Plan

When your business is hit by ransomware, the only reliable way to resolve the issue is by restoring a data backup. You could pay for the decryption key but by doing this you will be funding their ransomware campaigns and the key they offer might not even work. It is better to restore a backup that you have and then carry on working where you left off. 

 

Set up a Schedule for Backups

You will need a backup and disaster recovery solutions to be able to restore your data as close as possible to the point of when the ransomware hit. If you need help with this, contact us, as we are able to create backups of your data as often as possible. 

 

Update your Software Solutions

The latest security updates on your software will help keep your business safe from hacking attacks, and ransomware works in the same way. If you have the security solutions in place already then, they should be keeping phishing attacks from hitting your emails in the first place.

 

Educate your Staff about Phising Scams

Teach your team on how to avoid phising scams and how to identify threats is a good step to take to keep your business safe. Make sure they know not to download any suspicious attachments or click on any dodgy links. Show them the signs of phishing emails; phony email domains, spelling errors, etc. 

 

Keep Corporate Data Separate from Personal Data

If you have corporate data that’s stored on office work stations, then you need to keep it separate from the data that is stored on your employees devices. If you use laptops or smartphones to work remotely, then you need to make sure that employees keep these two types of information as separate as possible.

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