What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is back and plaguing the internet these days. The form of attack is to hold the computer hostage until the user agrees to pay the ransom in form of “bitcoins“. These ransom can go up for several hundreds even thousands of dollars, causing devastation for any business to lose valuable information. These 10 best prevention practices will help your business safeguard what matters most, your business data.
10 Best Practices to prevent ransomware in a small to medium size business.
1. Make sure you’re using the latest operating system version. Since the latest versions are built with the best security practices.
2. Always update all software products. Especially OS patches, Java, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash.
3. Also, have software audits. Make a list of apps being used and uninstall any unused ones.
4. Avoid using USB drives (thumb drives), rather instead use cloud storage. Since flash drives silently propagate infections when interchanging between computers.
5. Change user’s login permissions. Logging in with an admin account grants full access to any malicious app to run in the background. Rather create a standard user account with limited privileges.
6. Use a real-time antivirus software. Since a good antivirus will keep your systems up to date with the latest viruses/malware threats.
7. Have a solid backup. Having a cloud backup will make sure safety to your documents.
8. In addition, use email security practices. Since this solution monitors inbound, outbound email traffic to filter out any suspicious emails.
9. Prevent access to network drives. While only allow certain areas where users are required to do their work.
10. Finally, educate users, they need to be aware of the dangers of ransomware.
– Use of strong passwords.
– How to respond to a security threat.
– Encourage users to confirm the authenticity of suspicious items.
– Never install software that you don’t know what it’s for.