Ransomware attack has shaken the world and have affected around 400,000 organizations in more than 150 countries.
The “WannaCry” ransomware used a flaw in Microsoft software which was first detected by the NSA (National Security Agency) and was exploited by the hackers to lock the files away.
Tips to protect yourself from Ransomware attack –
When these kinds of attacks happen, people mainly suffer from data loss, including pictures and documents.
The best practice to follow is backing up of data to another system, such as a hard drive which is not connected to the internet can help you keep your data safe from these kinds of attacks.
Suspicious Emails, Websites and Apps
For a ransomware to work, hackers need to download the malicious file to your system which is when used to start attacking and lock your data.
The most common ways hackers use to install this software to your system is through phishing mails, malicious advertisements and apps and programs.
You should always be cautious while opening emails from unknown senders or visiting websites you are unfamiliar with.
You should never download an app that hasn’t been verified by an official store and read reviews before downloading any program.
Install Antivirus Program
This goes without saying that you should always have an antivirus program installed on your system.
Most antivirus programs can scan the files which are being downloaded to your system. Most antivirus software can block installations of malicious adverts while you are surfing a website.
Install Software Updates
Companies often release software patches to fix the security loopholes to protect you from these attacks. It is always advisable to keep your softwares up to date.
Never Pay the Ransom
Victims of ransomware attacks are advised to never pay the ransom as it encourages the attackers to repeat the offense and it doesn’t give you any guarantee that data will be recovered.
There are software’s in the market that can help you to recover your files or you can always backup your files from your backup hard drive.
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