Keep Your Data Secure: 5 Tips to Protect Against Ransomware

Fifty-five percent of small businesses have said that they have experienced a cyber attack within the year of 2015-2016.

That’s over half of the people who have been affected by cyber attacks. You need to protect against ransomware and ensure your business isn’t on the line.

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Ransomware attacks could potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Be the one who’s prepared, and wards them off.

What’s Ransomware?

Ransomware is booming, which is why you need to remain secure.

Ransomware is a type of virus that hacks into your computer, holds your data hostage, and demands that you pay a large sum of money to have it returned to you.

Mostly, it’s the kidnapping of your data, and it all happens virtually.

5 Tips to Protect Against Ransomware

Since the first ransomware attack in 1989, we’ve learned of ways to prevent the worst from happening to you.

  1. Don’t Open E-mails

    Protect yourself against all sorts of malware by not opening suspicious e-mails. You have to open your e-mails. However, if any seem blatantly suspicious, delete them immediately.

    You can employ a content scanning program for all your e-mails. Filter your mail, and the threats won’t even reach you. The service should also scan attachments, where the virus can be lurking.

    Don’t click on any links in any of these e-mails.

  2. Don’t Pay the Ransom

    If you do get caught up in a ransomware scheme, don’t pay the ransom. Contact a cybersecurity company to assist you with the problem.

    If you pay the money, there isn’t any guarantee they will give you your files back. It also funds their efforts so they can move on and attack other people.

  3. Stay Educated

    If you have a business, it’s important to let your employees know about the risks of ransomware. Let them know not to click suspicious links, suspicious e-mails, and open e-mail attachments without scanning them through anti-virus software.

  4. Back Up Your Files

    Protect yourself from being vulnerable from ransomware attacks by merely backing up your files. If you do fall prey to an attack, you’ll be able to restore your data.

    Attackers will encrypt your files so you can’t access them. If you have a backup, all you have to do is merely revert to that, and attackers will have nothing on you.

  5. Protect Your Personal Information

    Be very careful about guarding your information. Don’t answer unsolicited e-mails, texts, or phone calls asking you any details about yourself.

    Phishers may also attempt to trick you into installing “anti-virus” software onto your computer. Ironically, this could be the very thing that’s trying to hack into your computer.

    If you do get a suspicious e-mail, report it right away. If you have an IT department, you can let them know that you think you might be under attack.

Secure Yourself

To make sure to protect against ransomware even further, contact us.

You can get personalized attention to your website and see the exact security needs of your company. Don’t wait until you’ve experienced an attack. Get protected right away.

Isaac Adams-Hands

Full Stack Developer, Digital Marketer, and InfoSec enthusiast. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Sydney and his Business Diploma from Georgian College before joining various marketing positions in search portals, e-commerce, higher education, and addiction recovery services.

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