Do’s and Don’ts When Dealing with Ransomware

Ransomware has become one of the fastest growing cybercriminal activity on Internet. No matter what type of threat it is, the purpose stays persistent; to extort money from their victims with promises of restoring hijacked data.

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Here are a few do’s and don’ts to reduce the threat of Ransomware:

Do’s

1.      Do Keep a Backup of your Data

Do Keep a Backup of your Data

This always remain the first lesson of our “Privacy 101” lecture. Nobody ever supposes anything awful will strike, until it actually does! But in such cases, won’t it be great that you have safe copy of all your important data? So, even if cyber criminals get a hold on your personal data, you still won’t have anything to lose.

2.      Do use a Comprehensive Security solution

Configure and maintain an endpoint security solution to stay protected against any Ransomware strain. It is always a good idea to have both anti-malware software and a software firewall to help you identify threats or suspicious behavior.

3.      Do Keep your Software Up-to-Date

Do Keep your Software Up-to-Date

The bad guys know about your system’s vulnerabilities before you do.  And then they try to use them to get on your machine. Therefore, there’s no better time than now to update all your software and safeguard your privacy against any potential Ransomware attack that may hit you in future.

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4.      Do Enable Pop up Blockers on all browsers

Popups are regularly used by criminals to spread malicious software. To avoid accidental clicks on or within popups, it’s best to prevent them from appearing in the first place.

Don’ts

1.      Don’t Pay the Ransom

Don’t Pay the Ransom

Paying the Ransom may seem like most easy approach, yet it is just reassuring and funding the assailants. Regardless of the possibility that the ransom is paid, there is no certification that you will recover your assets back. Therefore, no matter how easy going it seems, don’t pay the Ransom. It will only make things worse!

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2.      Don’t Click on Suspicious Email links

Cyber crooks are not just bad, they’re canny too. Spam Emails are one of the most popular email scams running across the world since decades. Whatever their con strategy be, the bad guys just want you to click on an attachment to install the malware. Don’t do it.  Just don’t click!

3.      Don’t trust anyone…over anything

Exercise caution during your online activities Don’t click on links inside emails, and avoid suspicious websites. If your PC does come under attack, use another computer to research details about the type of attack. But be aware that the bad guys are devious enough to create fake sites, perhaps touting their own fake antivirus software or their de-encryption program.

 By following these simple do’s and don’ts we can protect ourselves cybercriminal attacks and keep our privacy intact.

Hope these tips will help you keep Ransomware from wrecking your day!

Rimzhim Sharma

Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at Systweak Software. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods.

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