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Protecting Yourself From Ransomware. How Do You  Do It?

Protecting yourself from Ransomware. How do you do it?

Protecting yourself against the latest ransomware virus can be quite tricky but there are some easy every day tips that will prevent this from happening.

If you are reading this, and asking yourself what exactly is ransomware and what does it do, then let us put in simple terms. It is a virus that gets on your computer via a link or an ad that YOU click and it encrypts all your files and programs. Then it makes you have to pay a sum, usually in bitcoin, to get your information back. Now, if you pay the requested amount of money, is it guaranteed to get your files back? No.  The only way to guarantee to get your files back is to have a backup of your computer and to reformat. This is why having a backup system in place is so crucial, both on site and off site.

You can read about different backup systems here.

Here are some tips so you don’t get attacked from this nasty virus.

  • Don’t click on any links you are unsure of
    1. Lots of times these links are carrying some sort of virus with it and will infect your computer and it could potentially come with latest ransomware virus.
    2. If you do happen to click a link, don’t download anything that it says to. Just click out of the browser.

 

  • Be aware who is sending you different links.
    1. If you get an email from someone you don’t know, simply disregard it and move it to your trash or mark is as spam.
    2. Always check to see who the email is from. Even if it says it’s from someone you know, it might not be. Spammers will sometimes use peoples name as a way to get you to click the link. If you click the link, change all of your passwords immediately so nothing else can happen.
    3. If you are unsure if its real or not, email or call the person and ask them.

 

  • Have good anti-virus software on your computer.
    1. Having good antivirus software on your computer will actually help to prevent the attack some happening. ESET Nod’s internet security will prevent from ransomware on top of other malicious files from being downloaded onto your computer.
    2. Having your emails scanned is another way to be protected as well. If your antivirus software detects anything malicious, it will move it to a spam or infected files folder.
  • Be aware of what is happening on your computer.
    1. Just be cautious of what you are doing when you are browsing the internet. You can get an ad blocker extension for chrome and Firefox that will actually help to block pesky ads and it will help keep your computer clean.
    2. Have a checklist of things not to do when on the internet. If you see an ad on a site that looks interesting but you aren’t sure, don’t click it. You want to be safe on the internet and not have anyone be able to access your computer remotely or worse encrypt your files.

 

  • Run malware and virus scans and do updates on your computer
    1. This will help to keep your computer clean and virus free
      1. Programs such as MalwareBytes and Junk Removal Tool are great and free resources
    2. Updating your computer will also help prevent ransomware from happening. The virus’s often attack Windows’s that don’t have the latest security patches, so making sure Windows is updated is crucial to prevention of ransomware.