This malicious software not only blocks up your computer system, but you have to pay a significant amount of money to get out of its web and make your computer work again. Here are some tiny steps you should follow to survive or to be warned already of ransomware attack.
1) Be aware of the warning signs
According to Adenike Cosgrove; cybersecurity strategist, EMEA, Proof-point: “Cybercriminals have found new ways to exploit the human factor — the instincts of curiosity and trust that lead well-intentioned people to play into the hands of the attacker. This could be in the form of a disguised URL or seemingly good attachment, but all it takes is one click and the ransomware can take hold immediately.”
Emails are the most significant source of this. The majority of ransomware is spread through thousands of emails sent every day.
Don’t open the link from unknown emails sources and don’t click on a disguised URL or an attachment sent to you from someone you may not know.
2) Do not pay the ransom
The National Crime Agency has advised the people of industry and business, both, to not to pay the payment. This way, the scammers know you can do this, and they can target and hit anyone like so.
And although you may be able to retract data, it won’t be entirely like before instead some of the resilience measures might be attacked and not be able to return to its previous positions.
3) Keep your backup updated
This is an obvious situation everyone especially working in a firm or a business ought to know. To keep your files and data protected and correctly stored, keep sensibly backing up your data time to time so even if you are under a ransomware attack, you will still have the data saved somewhere and it won’t be havoc when and if the attack occurs. You should also have a ransomware recovery plan in place.
4) Download an Anti Virus Software
First things first, make sure you have anti-virus software on your computer(s). You have to keep it updated and check for its expiration, too.
Though it may not eliminate the attack or tell you in advance, it will surely keep you from falling into so much havoc and destruction of your data. This software is good enough to prevent the right amount of percentage of attacks as experienced by many.
5) Screen/Search your emails from time to time
If you’re working in an IT team in your company, know it’s your side-job to protect your company and save your and company’s time by taking extra precautionary measures, i.e. to screen your emails often. Phishing emails may use a trick or software making different dangerous executable files to appear as regular PDF files.
6) Contact legal representatives
Ask your IT team to be fully ready and prepared to contact legal representation if all else fails and you are on the breach. Have the legal representatives present you with insurance or ransomware recovery plan. Develop a new and extraordinary plan. Trying to fix and prevent your company from future ransomware attacks is better than countless days spent worrying and working for paying the ransom and contacting other legal authorities to help you.
We hope these few tips help you overcome and survive the ransomware attack.