Ransomware is a threat on the Internet that is one of the most devastating threats you can get. Once infected there is little to no option to recover. Ransomware developers give you the opportunity to pay to have your files freed. Payments are often hundreds of dollars even then there is no guarantee that payment will return your files.
Using extra protection and following some common practices will help keep you safe from Ransomware. Using Online and local backup practices will prevent loss in case these threats do make it on to your computer.
- Backup your files and pictures to an external hard drive. Disconnect from your computer when not backing up.
- Use an online backup service like Livedrive.
- Do Not Open Email Attachements without verifying the sender sent them(Even from and colleagues friends).
- Use a good antivirus antimalware program and keep it up to date.
- Use Crypto Prevent (Free or Paid)
Backup Your Files and Pictures local and online
If ransomware infects your computer and makes all of your files unusable you can recover by restoring backups. This is only possible if you have have actually backed up your files. Using a USB or external hard drive is one of the most common methods used.
Using local media to backup files does require that you actually back them up yourself. This type of method should be used but should not be your sole method of protecting yourself from loss. USB and external hard drives are susceptible to failing and can also become infected by the ransomware.
Many online backup services include an app that automates the backup process. The files and pictures that you have backed up are available from several different dates. This allows you to make sure that you are restoring usable and clean files in the event that you are infected. Using both methods to backup your files and pictures ensures that you suffer no loss in the event of a ransomware attack.
Have a Good Antivirus Antimalware Program Installed and Make Sure It is always Up to date
Anivirus programs are the biggest line of defense. Not have an antivirus program installed is bad. Having an antivirus program installed that is out of date is not much better. Thousands of new variations to existing threats are released every day. These variations are specifically created to get past existing security programs. If your program is not up to day you are at risk of infection.
Do Not Open Email Attachements Without Verifying They Are Real From the Sender…Even If They Are Friends or Colleagues
Email attachments are the most popular way that ransomware is distributed. The infected emails may be addressed from family or friends. It may be from businesses or colleagues that you often transfer files back and forth with. A simple phone call, text or email will make sure the attachment you received is safe.
Use Crypto Prevent (Free or Paid)
Crypto Prevent is a program released by FoolishIT. It was created in response to the CryptoLocker threat that was first released in late 2013. It includes a series of special Windows settings and other practices designed to help prevent Ransomware type of threats. Crypto Prevent is available in a free version and paid version. Registering the Crypto Prevent program allows for automatic updating.
Nothing Is 100% But You Can Stay Safe
The only way to absolutely guarantee that you never have a virus or get malware is to never connect your computer to the Internet or use any files from USB or any other external device. If you are going to follow this practice then what’s the use of having your computer? It is possible to keep your computer and your files as safe as possible. The suggestions above provide that safest possible environment.
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