With so much economic and financial as well as data damage around the globe because of ransomware, there have been many experts telling us how to go through ransomware recovery. This not only includes the precautionary measures (which are insanely essential to save your computer and other devices and to keep the data on them secure), but also instructions to what you should and shouldn’t do in case you come across ransomware on your device.
To help prevent ransomware attacks in businesses, companies or even on your person PC, here are five of the most accurate preventive controls used worldwide for ransomware attacks:
1) Educate your employees and coworkers
This might not seem like a critical topic to discuss with your employees and coworkers, mainly because you think you have all that it takes to help prevent your or your company’s data, but you ought to know that ransomware is like a predator which is always looking for its prey. Doesn’t matter which company gets affected by it and how so, but it does its job when you feel like it won’t.
Subsequently, teach your employees to:
– Not open files sent from an unknown email.
– Not click on any link by an unidentified sender
– Not to download unnecessary things.
– Always identify the authenticity of a website that he/she is visiting for the first time.
2) Backup, backup, backup
You need to know the importance of back-up.
Even in phones, there are back-ups to help prevent your pictures (or any data beloved to you) from being deleted automatically or somewhat through something or by someone. Therefore, for a firm like yours, you need to have a backup for all your data.
It’s best if you try backing up daily.
3) Restrict administrative and system access
The importance of this is understood by the fact that when you provide administrative access to all users on your company’s computer, know that one way or another, there could be a leak.
Instead of relying on every one, make an IT team or whatever trusted team you have to responsible for administrative and system access, and ransomware recovery protocols.
4) Keep the software updated
This is one of the significant steps you should take to prevent a ransomware attack.
If your anti-virus is up to date, it will detect any oncoming and incoming suspicious entries on your computer and try to eliminate the malware itself.
“This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be shocked by how many organizations either skimp on anti-virus protection or don’t have it installed in all the necessary equipment. They may buy the right tool and then deploy it in only 10 percent of the environment.” Ford says.
5) Check other anti-virus protections
Besides the anti-virus software updates, anti-virus protections like BitDefender AntiVirus, Norton AntiVirus Basics, PandaDome Essential,F-Secure Antivirus Safe, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, etc. should be checked on a significant level.
To save yourself from a ransomware attack, make sure to have all of the above pointers as part of your ransomware recovery plan.