According to Cybercrime Magazine, a ransomware attack occurs every 11 seconds, which results in a loss of almost $20 billion. When a ransomware attack occurs, the malware blocks the user’s access to the personal data stored on the device. Though it makes no changes to the data, it locks the system until the victim pays the ransom.
Large and small organizations are both at risk of being affected by ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts files on the endpoint and threatens the user to delete or erase files by blocking access. Preventing ransomware attacks is possible, and it is easier to protect than to get rid of it.
Let’s dive deeper into the ways that can help you prevent ransom attacks and protect your data.
1. Create Regular Backups
The easiest way to mitigate a ransomware attack is to back up your data to cloud storage or hard drive. If the ransomware attacks your computer, you can wipe the data and reinstall the windows. Later on, you can recover your data from cloud storage or a hard drive. It is recommended to store your data on more than one source. If you have saved your data on cloud storage, you should have offline storage enabled.
2. Software Update
Keeping your web browser, anti-virus software, USB security software, and operating system up-to-date to the latest version is essential. Many ransomware examples show that they can easily attack old systems, but their variants cannot bypass the latest security features.
It is important to keep your programs and devices updated to acquire new security features. Ransomware attackers prefer outdated security systems. It is recommended to keep automatic software updates on your devices enabled.
3. Install Firewalls and Antivirus Software
The most common way to prevent ransomware attacks is antivirus software. They scan your system, browser, and network from time to time, detect the presence of malicious programs and respond by blocking them. However, they can only detect the ransomware when it is already on your computer.
Firewalls are front-line defense systems that block any incoming ransom attacks directed toward your computer. They can be both software and hardware-based. If you use a private network, it is essential to have firewalls to protect your system from external malware.
4. Run Security Checks
Relying on just one source for protection against ransomware is not enough. Keep on implementing new security measures against viruses. Check for vulnerabilities in systems and create new security protocols to avoid ransomware attacks. The most common strategy to check vulnerabilities in the system is sandbox testing. It tests the malicious code against the system to determine whether the security protocols are efficient in blocking the virus or not.
5. Whitelist Applications
Application whitelisting is the process that decides which applications can be downloaded and executed through a network. The software, application, or website that is whitelisted is only allowed to receive and send data through the network. Unauthorized software can be blocked through application whitelisting. This will help avoid downloading the corrupted file. You can use Window App locker software or blacklist to restrict websites and applications.
Ransomware can cost you in terms of money, security, and data. Adhere to the methods explained above to keep your data secure, and don’t forget to update your operating systems to shield the ransomware attacks.