Ransomware criminals most often attacks large sized business. The malicious code does not sneak into the computer like Trojan or malware. Instead, it bursts into your PC and threatens to destroy your data unless you pay a ransom.
Last year, WannaCry ransomware did extensive damage to computers of big companies, including the NHS. As the current Petya outbreak is demonstrating, ransomware can do extensive damage to PCs. Here are some ransomware file recovery and protection tips that can prevent damage to your PC.
1. Back up Important Files
The foremost advice to protect your PC against ransomware is to back your important files regularly. Generally, it’s a good idea to diversify your backup. In this way, a damage to a single backup file won’t result in irreversible harm. You should consider storing at least one copy in the cloud using services such as Google Drive, MS Onedrive, or DropBox. For maximum security, you should consider saving the files in all of these cloud services.
Also, you should consider saving one file to an offline media like a portable hard drive. Consider read permissions to the backup data so that they cannot be accidentally erased. An additional tip is to carry on a hardware check to ensure the integrity of backup copies on physical devices.
2. Show File Extension Feature
Show file extension is a native feature of Windows operating system. This option can prevent ransomware from harming the files. In this way, you can know maliciously looking files such as table.xlsx.scr or cute-cat.avi.exe. Fraudsters often try to trick people into opening files using the common naming convention. Setting the show file extension will help you to detect the deception.
3. Constantly Update the Operating System
You should constantly update the Windows operating system with relevant patches. Generally, ransomware target operating systems with known vulnerabilities. For instance, the WannaCry ransomware mostly targeted older operating systems such as Windows XP. It did not touch the latest Windows 10 operating system that has strict security features. So, updating the operating system is essential to protect your PC from the threat.
4. Consider Disabling Volume Shadow Copy Service
Volume Shadow Copy Service is built-into Windows operating system. The tool is used to restore previous various arbitrary files. However, this tool is a great security loophole as ransomware exploit it to take control of the PC. Disabling the service will prevent ransomware from obliterating the volume snapshots, thereby protecting your PC.
Ransomware is the number one threat right now. The damage caused by ransomware can be extensive. Mostly large companies are a target of criminals. The above tips can reduce the risk of your company falling victim to malicious codes.
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