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Protect Your Computer Against Ransomware Now


ransomwareRansomware is malware for data kidnapping, an exploit in which the attacker encrypts the victim’s data and then demands payment for the decryption key.

A ransomware malware program may also be called a cryptovirus, cryptotrojan or cryptoworm. Ransomware spreads in many different ways, including;

  • through e-mail attachments
  • infected programs
  • compromised websites

Let’s take a deeper look.

How Ransomware Spreads

  1. Spam email campaigns that contain malicious links or attachments (there are plenty of forms that malware can use for disguise on the web);
  2. Through SPAM Emails.
  3. Security exploits within vulnerable software.
  4. Internet traffic redirects to malicious websites.
  5. SMS messages (which apply to ransomware that targets mobile devices)
  6. Self-propagation (spreading from one infected computer to another)
  7. Affiliate schemes in ransomware-as-a-service (earning a share of the profits by helping spread ransomware further).

How to Protect Computers from Ransomware:

We’ve seen too many cries for help and too many people confused and panicking about a ransomware attack. So, if you’re worried about ransomware, here are 15 things that you can do to stay safe:

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  1. Don’t store important data on your PC only – have a backup
  2. Have two backups of your data, one on an external hard drive and the other in the cloud – Dropbox/Google Drive/etc
  3. The Dropbox/Google Drive/OneDrive application on your computer should not turn on by default. Only open them once a day if you need to sync data, and close them once this is done.
  4. Keep your operating system and the software you use up to date, including the latest security updates.
  5. For daily use, don’t use an administrator account on your computer, instead, use a guest account with limited privileges.
  6. Turn off macros in the Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  7. Remove the following plugins from your browser(s): Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Java and Silverlight. If you absolutely must use them, set the browser to ask you if you want to activate these plugins when needed.
  8. Adjust your browsers’ security and privacy settings for increased protection.
  9. Remove outdated plugins and add-ons from your browsers. Only keep the ones you use on a daily basis.
  10. Use an ad blocker to avoid the threat of potentially malicious ads.
  11.  Never open spam emails or emails from unknown senders.
  12. Never download attachments from spam emails or suspicious emails.
  13. Never click links in spam emails or suspicious emails.
  14. Always use a reliable, paid anti-virus product that includes an automatic update module and a real-time scanner.
  15. Make sure you understand the importance of having a traffic-filtering solution that can provide proactive anti-ransomware protection.

For more information on how to stay secure online, click here.

Also, take a look at our IT support services.

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