You’re working on your computer when suddenly it starts taking forever to load files or access images. Or maybe, you can’t access some important files that were previously available.
You start getting error messages and pop up notifications saying “Windows can’t open this file” or a “Mac Error Code 36”.
To make things even worse, you receive a message that sends you into an instant panic, “Your files are encrypted”.
The next message gives you instructions on how to deposit some funds into an account in order to regain access to your data or risk losing it forever.
You have been infected by ransomware!
Before you get to know how to prevent ransomware, you need to understand how you got it.
You most probably clicked on a compromised prompt, page, or online file. Once you did this, malicious software got access to your device and encrypted your data.
You’re not alone. Ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent around the world over the last few years.
Here are some helpful tips on what to do when you get an attack and how to prevent it.
1. Use Reputable Antivirus Software
Ensuring your security software is up-to-date is crucial. Additionally, install a firewall to add an extra layer of protection to your data.
Make sure you use a managed antivirus from a reputable company and avoid cheaper fake versions.
2. Use a Trustworthy VPN
When using public Wi-Fi, someone can easily hack your network and obtain crucial information and data from your device.
If you’re using one, make sure you have a strong Virtual Private Network (VPN) from a trusted source.
3. Use Content Scanning and Filtering Features on Emails
Most viruses find their way into your device through e-mails and download links. Scan and filter your email servers to block contents that may pose a threat.
4. Back Up Your Data
To ensure you don’t lose everything, back up your data frequently – preferably on the cloud. Thus, in case of a ransomware attack, you’ll simply restore your files from the cloud on another device.
5. Don’t Click on Unfamiliar Links
Most viruses are introduced to your devices through e-mails, links, and attachments. Avoid clicking on unfamiliar links or downloading attachments from questionable sources.
6. Know Your Enemy
Get real-time threat intelligence and be enlightened on emerging threat securities from a reputable source. With a good understanding of these security threats, you’re less likely to get attacked.
7. Don’t Pay the Ransom
If you ever get a ransomware attack, never ever pay the ransom. This will only fund and encourage the attackers. What’s worse is the fact that you may still not be able to recover your data even after paying the ransom.
How to Prevent Ransomware with Pegasus Technologies
Ransomware victims aren’t just individuals. In fact, many hackers will target established institutions like hospitals, public schools, police departments, and even small- and medium-sized businesses. Fortunately, this criminal activity can be prevented or controlled easily.
For more tips on how to prevent ransomware, check out this blog post.
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