5 essential ransomware prevention tips

Last updated: July 05, 2017

Just a few years ago, the two main forms of cyber theft were credit card data stealing and identity fraud. In order to encounter those attacks, some software solutions were developed, such as LifeLock, HIPAA. As protection instruments were improved, cyber criminals started creating new ways of stealing from the netizens.

The latest version of cyber attacks is considered to be ransomware which makes access to the computer system unavailable or restricted for users. It is a widely-spread tendency when ransomware codifies the files on your computer, and the password for its decrypting can be available only after paying for it with a credit card.

Ransomware can damage your computer in the result of some online activities, but the most common reasons are: opening an e-mail with the malware attached, following the malicious link or surfing some suspicious websites.

The notorious WannaCry ransomware infected computer systems through e-mails, but later it was distributed within the Windows OS. In such a case all the computers from the network were vulnerable to this infection.

It is vital to prevent problems connected with ransomware attacks, as it seems to be easier to reduce the risks of threats than to cope with the outcomes. So what measures can be taken?

In order to keep your computer away from dangers, it is recommended to follow these steps:

  1. Always make offline backup copies of the most prominent files;
  2. Try to avoid opening strange links or visiting unknown websites;
  3. Never forget about updating your software;
  4. Check if your anti-virus software is always able to protect your system;
  5. Use a VPN service for making safe internet connections.

As far as business is concerned, it is also demandable to organize training courses on security for the employees, which will help to keep the risks of cyber threats to minimum.

Let’s double down on the VPN service which was mentioned above. The usage of a VPN has become more and more popular as it really makes you free from cyber dangers. Why? How does it work? A VPN creates a tunnel in which your data is encoded, and when it goes out of this tunnel, no cyber criminals are able to decrypt it.

Keep an eye on the security of your PC and follow 5 ransomware prevention tips!