Cyber-attacks have been on the rise over the last one decade, and many individuals and businesses have been on the receiving end. One of the most malicious forms of cyber-attack is the ransomware which locks up one’s data and threatens to delete it if you do not pay a certain fee. Imagine waking up and trying to open your business software only to get instructions to pay some ransom to access that data. It can be frustrating also when you have been working on a project for months and then all of a sudden you cannot access it. The following are essential tips to protect your computer from ransomware.
Update your operating system regularly
Attackers take months to plan an attack, and they always look for vulnerability in the operating system. One of the most famous ransomware was dubbed WannaCry, and it capitalized on a certain vulnerability of the Windows operating system. Microsoft had released an update to fix this vulnerability some weeks earlier, but people never updated their machines. As a result, many individuals and corporates lost a lot of data due to this attack. Make sure that you set your machine to configure and download new updates as soon as they hit the store.
Back up your data
The only thing that attackers are interested in is your data. They want you to pay to view your data which does not make sense. Set a cloud backup that stores your data and you can easily retrieve it even if the machine crashes. You can set an automatic backup after every one hour or a day depending on your schedules. According to The Small Business Blog, it is hard to trace these attackers as some use sophisticated software to hide their location. Most demand that you use payment options that allow anonymous transfers and thus tracing them is next to impossible.
Install an antivirus program
Most of the recent antivirus software can detect ransomware and alert you instantly. Some can scan and block installations from malicious software that mostly come from adverts. Sometimes you need to apply common sense when browsing. Never click those links that promise you free money without working. Be wary of emails that come with executable files because it is the most common way of attack.
Following the above tips will keep your computer safe from ransomware attacks. Some of the tips are free to execute, but you will spend on others.