Ransomware attacks are becoming more prevalent, and the variants of the attacks are continuously evolving. You, your organization, or your business could be at risk through your network or servers. And it can completely freeze your operations.
Understanding ransomware and knowing how to protect yourself is the best way to combat attacks.
How Does Ransomware Work?
Ransomware is a class of malware where the attacker will encrypt the user’s data and hold it for ransom. The attacker will demand something in return for releasing your data. However, those holding your data are not always trustworthy. Paying for the return of access to your files doesn’t always ensure its return.
Attackers can infect your important files like Microsoft documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, images, databases, and more. They are adept at targeting your vulnerabilities and can use your network to jump across different departments. If they can get access to your entire organization, it can debilitate your work.
How Do I Guard Against Ransomware?
Even though ransomware is becoming more sophisticated and finding ways to exploit your weaknesses, there are protective actions you can take.
- Back up your data. Keeping several backups of all your data can protect you from a debilitating attack. For instance, having cloud copies and external copies cover your bases and means you’re less likely to have to give in to the demands of hostage-takers.
- Use only secure networks. As easy as connecting to the coffee shop Wi-Fi to do some work, public networks are the least safe. If you love working outside the office, consider investing in VPN software to ensure a secure connection anywhere.
- Keep your web surfing safe. Be cautious when you’re sent links or emails from people you don’t recognize. The easiest way for ransomware to get to your network is to use social applications like text messages or social media. Your best bet is to be vigilant. So, if a link doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.