Ransomware, a new threat for businesses and consumers alike, entered into the mainstream way back in 2013. And even though it somehow faded from the mainstream for a little, it’s coming back with a vengeance this 2016. Here, we’ll present you the best and most effective ways to arm yourself from ransomware infections.

What is Ransomware?

If you’re not yet familiar what it exactly is, Ransomware is called as such because it typically acts as software that locks up your system and encrypts your data. In most cases, the only way to get out of this is by paying the ransom or replace the drive and lose access to your data forever if you haven’t made any back up.

While earlier forms of ransomware (such as CryptoLocker) were known for honoring the terms and unlocking the data once the ransom was paid, it should be noted that they can just as easily not do that. The only way to be really safe from ransomware is to stop it from occurring at all.

How to Prevent It

If you want to keep your system secure from a ransomware infection, follow these basic guidelines:

1. Avoid suspicious emails and links

While curiosity may tempt you, it isn’t worth losing access to your most valuable data or the workings of your PC. Keep your hands off from spam emails especially, since most modern ransomware uses email as a delivery method.

2. Use Adblockers on untrusted sites

You may consider using ABP or uBlock Origin on your favorite browser. This will protect you not only from annoying pop up ads, this also closes another avenue of infection.

3. Keep plugins updated or quit using them completely

Flash and Java are notorious at this point for being performance hogs and for having security vulnerabilities. There’s a reason why a lot of tech companies are trying to phase them out. Stop using these plugins if at all possible, but if you must, keep them updated at all times.

4. Install security programs

While antiviruses can help protect you against ransomware in some cases, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware is a good choice to use. So far, it seems to be the most effective at blocking ransomware threats out there.

Preparation Methods

Even if you never come across ransomware, you should still be prepared for the worst in case it (or something else) strikes you and your system.

1. Make regular backups

Since most ransomware encrypts your files, you might need to start all over with a new hard drive or SSD. Having safe external backups of your files will do it as well. Cloud solutions such as Dropbox can work too, as long as you’re quick about restoring the files.

2. Do not rely on a single system

We all know that depending on a single computer to do your work or stay in touch with your loved ones can be risky. Having a backup PC in case of an emergency is always a good idea, regardless of ransomware concerns.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 6:40:10 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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