How to Prevent Becoming a Victim to Ransomware?

Have you heard of the new malware called ransomware? It is like a pirate and it locks your computer and demands a ransom for releasing your files. You won’t get access to your documents or sometimes even your computer unless you pay the ransom. The pirate usually asks you to send him money in the form of virtual currency i.e. Bitcoin because such payments are hard to track.

If you didn’t know about it, it is suggested to learn more about ransomware before it gets too late. It is a kind of a cyber attack in which the attacker downloads malicious software on your device and then uses it for encrypting your information. Criminals ask for 0.3 to 1 bitcoins to release your system. Such attacks are waged against businesses but an individual can be affected too.

The question is how can you protect your system and prevent from becoming a victim? Here are some tips that can help:

Create Backup

The best protection against ransomware would be to create a backup of all the files stored in your system. Have an external hard drive for this purpose. You don’t want another hacker to steal the backup too. If the main network of your business is attacked, you won’t have to worry about anything just because you have the backup.

Watch Out for Suscipous Apps, Websites and Emails

So a ransomware works when malicious software is downloaded onto your system. The most common source for any virus to enter a system is through ads on websites, phishing emails and apps. Whatever you do, don’t open such suspicious content. Before you install a program, read its reviews and make sure it is authentic. Take care of your online security while using the internet.

Keep Your Computer Updated

If your computer runs on Windows operating system, always keep the latest updates installed.  To make things easier for yourself, just approve the automatic updates. Whenever an update is available, your system will get an automatic prompt for updates.  As you update your operating system, it fixes all the vulnerabilities that a malware can exploit.

Use an Antivirus

Yes, an antivirus is not a guaranteed way to catch a ransomware but it surely scans your system and blocks viruses from being downloaded whenever you are using the internet.  You can also use apps that block malicious adverts while you are browsing the web.

Use Modern Browsers

Modern browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge have built-in protection against malware and viruses. Make sure you use them for web browsing. Use the most current version to stay protected.

If unfortunately, your system has become a victim of a ransomware, don’t pay the ransom. It simply encourages the attackers and chances are he will demand more money and spread more malware on your system. It is never a guarantee that paying money will get your files recovered. If you have a backup of your files, there is no need to bother paying the ransom in the first place.

Prevention is always better than cure. If you haven’t yet created data backup yet, get started on it ASAP.