The Dos and Don’ts of Ransomware Prevention in 2022
The growing wave of ransomware is threatening the very fabric of the internet. For cyber criminals, it’s relatively easy to launch a ransomware attack. With the advent of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), it’s no longer necessary for crooks to invest time and energy into research and development or payment negotiation. Cyber crooks can simply purchase access to their favorite ransomware and launch an attack on a vulnerable target.
Fortunately, if you follow the do’s and don’ts of ransomware prevention, you can minimize the probability of a successful breach.
The Dos of Ransomware
Do: Update Your Software
By constantly updating your software, you patch the vulnerabilities that attackers are looking to exploit. Keeping your software up to date will help keep your devices and systems safe.
Do: Maintain Backups
By regularly backing up your data, you will save a lot of time and money. Even if an attacker is able to exploit your files, you’ll still have access to them.
Do: Practice Safe Browsing Habits
Learn how to identify authentic websites, emails, and advertisements to avoid downloading malicious software.
Do: Report It
If you become a victim to ransomware, report the incident to your local police with as much information as possible so they can disrupt the criminal group’s activities.
The Don’ts of Ransomware
Don’t: Open Suspicious Email Attachments
Be aware of the links and attachments you are opening, especially if it is from an unexpected or suspicious source. It’s always better to double check the official site or contact the organization first.
Don’t: Use Weak Passwords
Recycling a password across multiple accounts can easily make you a victim to cyber criminals. By using complex passwords, you can prevent your account from being breached.
Don’t: Pay The Ransom
Paying the ransomware doesn’t always guarantee that your files will be returned to you or that it won’t happen again. By paying, you are supporting cybercriminals’ illegal activities.
Don’t: Install Untrusted Software
Don’t install unknown applications if you don’t know where they came from. Some programs install malware onto your device to steal personal information.
Threat actors are taking advantage of organizations’ vulnerabilities. By following these simple dos and don’ts, you can protect your organization against the latest wave of ransomware. And help discourage hackers from launching ransomware attacks when their rate of success plummets.