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Tips on Preventing Ransomware
Posted By: Cori Burns - 5/15/2017 5:00:00 PM
 

Tips on Preventing Ransomware

Ransomware is defined as “a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to block access to a computer until a ransom is paid”. There have been several instances lately that have brought attention to the harmfulness of being involved in a ransomware attack. Anyone is vulnerable to an attack which means preventative steps need to be taken to enhance security and prevent the likelihood of becoming a victim to ransomware and other attacks.

 

Here are some tips to help you avoid an attack:

 

  • Refrain from opening any suspicious looking messages.

    Ransomware is masked to look like an official warning and can trick you into thinking that there is an issue with your computer and that it can be resolved for a small fee. This also applies to emails that contain links and files. It’s best to have your emails filter setup so that it won’t allow those kinds of emails to come through.

     

  • Ensure that you have a Firewall and consistently run its security updates:

    Turn on your firewall and keep it configured to allow it to run in the background at all times.

     

  • Use STRONG passwords to prevent attackers from comprising your computers security:

    Attackers will use various methods to override your password and obtain sensitive files and information from your computer. The use of a strong password will help to slow down the attack or even defeat the process entirely. A strong password includes: six characters or more, has no user name information and is a combination of lowercase or uppercase letters along with numbers and symbols.

     

  • Install a browser add-on to block any unwanted popups that can pose a threat from ransom Trojan attack.

     

  • Disable file sharing, remote services and switch off unused wireless and Bluetooth connections:

This may appear to be a hassle but will indeed help keep your computer from becoming easily accessible for an attack.

 

  • BACK UP FILES!

    It cannot be stressed enough as to how crucial it is to always, always, always back up your files. Use a cloud-based system or an external HDD to store all sensitive documents and files. This issue should be the most concerning, especially if you have any kind of personal or business information that is always kept locked away on your computer.

     

  • Finally, hire an IT service to help keep your system secure:

Let’s face it, not everyone is an expert at handling technological issues. So, when it comes down to the security of your information, hire a professional service like Runbiz, who will provide professional help in managing your technology needs.  

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