Your morning starts like any other. With a cup of piping hot coffee, you sit down at your laptop and go through your emails. As you peruse, you notice an email from Google stating that your password needs changing.
Frightened, you click on the email as well as the accompanying bright blue link that promises to help you change your password. You update your password as usual and go about your day.
It isn’t until later that your computer starts acting up. Suddenly, a message pops up telling you that your computer is digitally held as ransom and that you’ll need to pay thousands of rands to get access to your computer back.
Welcome to the very real, very scary world of ransomware, which causes thousands of rands in damages each year. Read on to learn how to avoid ransomware and keep your data out of the wrong hands.
Click With Care
The simplest way to avoid ransomware is to simply be more conscious of what you’re clicking on. But it’s understandable that this is easier said than done.
Take the above case, for example. The email claimed it was from a Google employee and probably looked quite legitimate.
But if you were to look at the sender’s address, you’d notice something was off.
In fact, the sender may not have even bothered to create a false identity at all, instead hoping the official-sounding language of the email would convince you.
If something seems suspicious, it’s best not to click on it. Leave it be.
Keep Software Updated
Be honest, how many times have you put off that computer update, no matter how many times Windows nags you?
Believe it or not, those updates serve an important purpose. While developers may be technical wizards, they’re also human. Occasionally a bug may get through that allows for a security exploit.
Patches often remove security loopholes, so do your best to keep all software up to date.
Don’t Rely On A Firewall
Don’t get us wrong, firewalls and antivirus software are both quite important to your day-to-day device usage. However, relying only on these tools is a major mistake.
Even the strongest of firewalls can fail, so take extra precautions.
Backup Your Data On A Regular Basis
If you know anything about us, you know how much we value data backups. For good reason, too.
Let’s say that you do your best to avoid ransomware attacks but still fall victim. With a data backup on hand, you can simply restore your data and move on as if the attack never occurred.
If you’re not already in the habit of backing up your important data, it’s time for a change. Simply backing-up to a hard drive is no longer a future-proof solution.
How To Avoid Ransomware: Closing Thoughts
We’d like to leave you with one final piece of advice: Should you fall victim to a ransomware attack, you should not pay the fee under any circumstance.
Remember, these are cybercriminals we’re talking about. There’s no guarantee you’ll get your data back even after draining your bank account.
But learning how to avoid ransomware is only the first step.
If you’d like to be more proactive about keeping your information safe and secure, get in touch with us today. We offer state of the art backup services that can keep your data secure.
Contact us for your free consultation today. A few minutes of your time could save you terabytes of lost data and hundreds of thousands of rands.