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Ransomware Prevention and Information

Ransomware Prevention and Information

For the past few years, the frequency of ransomware attacks has been steadily increasing. New strains are appearing on a regular basis, such as CryptoLocker virus, taken down last year, closely followed by CryptoWall (unrelated), which recently reappeared in version 3.0 after a brief dormant period. Regardless of the form taken, ransomware can wreak havoc on the business operations of affected companies, and the threat of downtime, lost files, and expensive ransoms paid as a result of an infection should not be taken lightly.

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What is Ransomware anyway?

Ransomware is a form of malware designed to enter computers and other devices without permission or knowledge. Its main intention is to cause harm to the devices and the data that is stored in them. There are different types of malware and every type has a different aspect. For instance, some might have been designed with the purpose of compromising the data, while some will just cause damage to the devices.

Ransomware encrypts your files without your knowledge before demanding payment to decrypt and restore. In most cases, there is a time limit imposed for the payment. Take note that there is no guarantee that the files will be decrypted once a certain payment has been made. Aside from targeting the files that contain valuable information such as documents, spreadsheets, and photos, ransomware also has the ability to lock down system files and freeze your computer.

One thing is clear: the solution to ransomware does not involve paying the attackers.

Ransomware infections have hit an all time high

Armada Cloud presents our Ransomware Statistics Infographic for 2016

Ransomware Prevention and Guidance

It looks like this kind of cyber threat is here to stay. Because of this, it is very important to take concrete steps to protect your important files. With this in mind, here are the six ways you can protect your valuable data from being hijacked via Ransomware.

  • Backup your data
  • Always make sure that all your files are saved and backed up both at your location and offsite. The easiest way to do this is through the implementation of a comprehensive data protection solution from a trusted provider.

  • Do not open any attachment if you do know the main source
  • One of the most common avenues for malware is to infect a certain network via downloading an email attachment. As much as possible, find out if the attachment is legit right before you open it.

  • Embrace the cloud
  • Backing up the important files with the help of a cloud provider is a great way to combat the threat of Ransomware. The role of the provider is to store your data on their own servers in a very secure data center.

  • Content Filtering
  • It is always a good idea to have a solid content filtering system right in place in order to keep your employees on the straight and narrow. It will not only keep the wasted time to minimum, but you will also be able to take a step in order to protect the data of your company.

  • Teach Employees Vigilance
  • Make sure employees know to only download from and browse trusted sites. Instruct them to avoid clicking on banners or links without knowing exactly what they are, where they go, and who they’re from. If anyone in the organization receives what appears to be an official-looking warning regarding software that must downloaded to bring their system up to date, have them contact the IT department for verification before performing.

  • Use Protection
  • It’s important to keep all anti-virus software updated. As viruses are created and released across the web, they can slip past anti-virus software until A/V software receives a patch to combat that specific strain.

Two infected sites: one paid a $17,000 ransom, the other paid nothing.

Guess which one was an Armada Cloud customer?

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