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How to protect yourself from ransomware

How to protect yourself from ransomware

You might have read about recent ransomware attacks named WannaCry, WannaCrypt, WannaCryptor, or Wcry, which affected millions of users in more than 100,000 organisations, across 150 countries around the world – and counting. As one of the largest ransomware offensives in history, this attack highlights the critical need for businesses to protect themselves against future attacks.

The ransomware targeted computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. HostAway was not affected as we consistently apply updates and patches to all of our servers. We run anti-virus software on our mail servers to block harmful emails however there is always a delay between a new virus/malware being released and the updates to the anti-virus engine. Therefore we recommend customers protect their data by following this advice:

  • Back up your files. Preferably to an external system or hard drive so malware can’t spread to it. Back up often and test your backups.
  • Don’t open attachments from unknown or suspicious addresses. Look out for obvious misspellings and don’t click on links (hover over a link to see where it intends to take you).
  • Keep your computer up-to-date. Many people affected by the latest wave of ransomware would have been protected if they’d applied updates.
  • Use an anti-virus program. There are many to choose from, it’s often worth the expense.
  • Don’t pay ransoms. You might not get your data back and it can encourage the criminals.

 

Should you require assistance please contact us so we can recommend some of the professional IT consultancy companies we deal with on a daily basis.