Ransomware attacks are usually delivered via phishing emails, malicious websites, or vulnerabilities in software. Avoiding ransomware requires a combination of cybersecurity practices and user awareness.
Here are 8 steps to help you avoid falling victim to ransomware:
How To Avoid Ransomware
- Pay For AV: Make sure that you have installed a reputable antivirus (AV) and anti-malware software solution, and keep it updated. The more reliable internet security has ransomware detection capabilities, some of the free versions do not.
- Backup Your Data: Regularly back up your important data to an external device and/or a cloud service. Regularly test your backups to ensure they are working correctly and your data can be restored.
- Update Regularly: Outdated software can be vulnerable to attacks. Keep your software, especially your operating system and browsers, up to date. Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software so when prompted to update, please do so.
- Use Strong Passwords: Use complex, unique passwords for all your accounts. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) wherever possible, as it provides an extra layer of security.
- Educate Yourself: Learn to recognise phishing emails and suspicious links. Be cautious when opening email attachments, especially if they’re unexpected.
- Use Email Filters: Implement email filtering software or services to help detect and block phishing emails and malicious attachments before they reach your inbox.
- Avoid Questionable Websites: Be cautious when browsing the internet and learn safe practices when doing so. Avoid suspicious websites and only download files from trusted sources.
- Don’t Pay the Ransom: If you’re a victim of a ransomware attack, do not pay the ransom. Paying does not guarantee you’ll regain access to your data, and it encourages cybercriminals to continue their activities.
Whilst no security measure is 100% foolproof, it is essential that you take control of your online safety and have a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity.
If you think you have suffered an attack, the most important thing to do is stay calm, but act quickly. Get in touch with us as soon as you can, and we will help you recover.