Ransomware: 6 Things to do to Soften The Blow of an Attack

With the ransomware wannacry bringing down the several hospitals in the UK health care system (NHS) , it’s a good reminder to understand what steps one can take to be ready.

1. Back up your data on a regular basis. In the event you are hit with ransomware, having current backups will give you peace of mind since you’ll be able to restore any files that are encrypted by the malware.

2. Always keep your device up to date as well as any software you use. This will help reduce the attack surface of your laptop/desktop/smart-phone/tablet.

3. Ensure your devices have anti-virus installed, is current, and scans on a daily basis.

4. Typically ransomware is delivered by email as an attachment. Do not open these attachments, or click on any links for that matter, if the email is coming from someone you don’t know. If an email is from someone you do know, contact them first to see if what they sent is legitimate. Before getting click happy.

5. Disable macros in Microsoft Office or similar office production suites.

6. If you do get hit by ransomware, do not pay the ransom. There is no guarantee your files will be unlocked or that you won’t be ransomed again. Also disconnect the infected device from your network to prevent further spread and turn it off.

Stay vigilant fellow netizens!