How To Prevent Ransomware Attack?,…….We asked Fortinet ,Sophos,and Quick Heal a leading cybersecurity company on tips to avoid and prevent such ransomware attacks.
How To Prevent Ransomware Attack?
Here are the pointers which one should be aware:
- Never click on unverified links – Avoid clicking links in spam emails or on unfamiliar websites. Downloads that start when you click on malicious links is one way that your computer could get infected.
- Check that you have a full inventory of all devices connected to your network and that any security software you use on them is up to date & Keep your software and operating system updated
- Always install the latest security updates, as soon as practicable, on all the devices on your network
- Do not open untrusted email attachments – Another way that ransomware could get onto your computer is through an email attachment.
- Never use unfamiliar USBs – Never insert USBs or other removal storage devices into your computer if you do not know where they came from.
- Use a firewall – A local firewall can protect you from some connections that malware uses, like to the Command and Control server.
- Be cautious about unsolicited attachments. Crooks rely on the dilemma that you can’t tell if the file is the one you want until you open it. If in doubt leave it out.
- Avoid public Wi-Fi
- Don’t give yourself more login power than you need. Don’t stay logged in as an administrator any longer than necessary and avoid browsing, opening documents or other regular work activities while you have administrator rights.
- Backup your data – Keep regular backups of your most important and current data on an offline storage device as this is the best way to avoid having to pay a ransom when affected by ransomware
- Administrators should enable multi-factor authentication on all management systems that support it, to prevent attackers disabling security products during an attack
- There is no silver bullet to security, and a layered security model is the best practice all businesses need to implement
Note – Never pay the ransom
Do not pay any ransom demanded by the cybercriminals carrying out the ransomware attack.
Like a real-life hostage situation, it is best not to negotiate with cybercriminals. Paying the ransom will not guarantee the return of your data — after all these individuals have already manipulated your trust.
Caving in and paying also encourages this sort of crime. The more people that pay the ransoms, the more popular ransomware attacks become.