Our Blog: Stuff we think you should know

Haber Group has been serving the New York area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Ransomware Is Exploding… Is Your Business Ready For The Blast?

When it comes to Internet threats, ransomware is the one that causes the most fear, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, as it should. According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, ransomware is growing at a yearly rate of 350%. It’s time to make sure that you’re doing what you can to stop your business from becoming another ransomware statistic. Here’s five very good tips that will help you avoid becoming a victim of the next big ransomware attack!

  1. The First Line of Defense: You and your employees are the first line of defense against ransomware - and all malware, really. Educating yourself and your employees on the dangers and best practices to keep yourself, your data and your network safe against ransomware is honestly the best way to protect your business from a cyber threat. Keep yourself apprised of the best ways to prevent victimization.
  2. Whatever You Do… DON’T PAY THE RANSOM: You might have heard this before. It’s something that nearly everyone discussing ransomware says or writes about at some point. Paying ransom is no guarantee that you’re going to get your data back. In fact, the first payment is often a gateway to increasing demands and your data is still gone. Don’t Pay the Ransom! Instead of paying the criminals who have hijacked your data - contact your IT service provider and let them know what is going on.
  3. Backing Up Data on a Regular Basis: Regularly backing up data is the most effective way to prevent losing your data from ransomware. In the event that a ransomware attack does find its way onto your network, you have a copy of that network and data backed up in its entirety from just a few minutes before. Making sure that a copy of that backup is not stored on the infected network or lost to hackers is another key part of this.
  4. Keep Security Software and Patches Up-to-Date: New ransomware is always being introduced. New variants of malware are always being created, which  threaten your network. Luckily, your operating system and software are always working overtime to come up with ways to keep your data and network secure. Updating your security software and paying attention to patches is a great way to make sure that you’re protected when ransomware strikes.
  5. Beware of Email: One of the primary methods of ransomware transmission and infection is email. Users should be cautious of any email that is unsolicited or unexpected, particularly if there is a link or attachment.

For Microsoft Windows users, there is a lot of good information about ransomware contained on the Ransomware FAQ that is regularly updated in the Windows Defender Security Intelligence (WDSI) database of threats to Windows computers. That is just for starters - for those of you who want to make sure they’re doing everything possible to reduce their chance of contracting ransomware, reach out our security experts today at 866.625.3560.

It’s estimated that ransomware attacks will cost businesses $5 billion in 2017 and that number only includes those who pay ransom. Imagine if everyone who was attacked paid their ransom. Are you familiar with these five ransomware tips? Is there anything else you have found to be effective? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, 22 October 2017

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Best Practices Cloud Hackers Privacy Email Technology Malware Business Hosted Solutions Windows 10 Computer Internet Microsoft Business Computing Backup Ransomware Software Network Security Hardware Smartphone Windows Google User Tips Productivity IT Services Data Data Management Mobile Devices Android Gmail Small Business Phishing Business Continuity App Facebook Upgrade Saving Money Tip of the week Efficiency Browser Office Tips Microsoft Office Big Data IT Support Word Internet of Things Cloud Computing Smartphones Workplace Tips Robot Innovation Managed IT Services WiFi Spam Data storage Miscellaneous Remote Monitoring Artificial Intelligence Social Media Disaster Recovery Customer Service Managed Service Provider Cybersecurity Apple Data Recovery Office 365 Settings Server Content Filtering communications Employer-Employee Relationship Printing Risk Management Windows 10 Safety Google Drive The Internet of Things End of Support LiFi Chrome Productivity Analytics Save Money Virtual Private Network IT Support IBM Outlook Wireless Apps SaaS Managed IT Services IT Management Customer Relationship Management Search Money Telephone Systems Hacking Firewall Unified Threat Management Administration Monitors Passwords VoIP Presentation Password Hacker Avoiding Downtime Outsourced IT Antivirus Office Wireless Technology Encryption Network Recovery Mobile Device Hosted Solution YouTube Touchscreen Mobile Device Management Knowledge Retail Typing Shortcut Disaster Refrigeration Spyware Public Speaking Superfish Unified Communications Lithium-ion battery Experience Social Engineering Operating System Cryptocurrency Patch Management Augmented Reality Running Cable Uninterrupted Power Supply Computing Scam Virtual Desktop Politics Tablet Bitcoin Collaboration Vulnerability Fun Laptop Solid State Drive Undo How To Information Technology Networking Google Docs Heating/Cooling How To IT service Application Gadgets Windows 8 File Sharing VPN Halloween Hard Disk Drive Virtualization Samsung Firefox Network Congestion Google Wallet Data Security Websites Servers BDR Users Scary Stories Virtual Reality Bandwidth Computers Drones Techology Server Management Google Maps Social Mail Merge Sports Unified Threat Management Education Display User Humor Deep Learning Statistics Wi-Fi Maintenance Competition Hacks Address User Error Quick Tips Budget sip Digital Payment Bring Your Own Device Bluetooth 5G Corporate Profile Data Backup Buisness IT solutions VoIP Automation Mouse Marketing telephony Best Practice Two-factor Authentication WannaCry Computer Care Time Management IP Address Cortana Communication Storage Business Growth Vendor Management Cabling Data loss Website Current Events Business Technology Downtime Training Network Management Mobile Office Writing Legal Dark Data Alt Codes Automobile Managed IT Cybercrime Infrastructure Hard Drives Digital Going Green Lenovo Staffing Gadget Administrator Personal Information Remote Computing Web Server GPS Holiday Business Management Computer Repair Processors CrashOverride Cameras Tracking Health Alert CCTV Document Management Tech Support Electronic Medical Records Identity Theft Travel Notifications G Suite Supercomputer Botnet Upgrades Motion Sickness Crowdsourcing Taxes IT Budget Machine Learning 3D Printing Update Government IT Consultant Relocation Unsupported Software Meetings Chromebook Cleaning Printer BYOD Private Cloud Mobile Data Emoji Mobile Computing Webcam Emergency Access Control Work/Life Balance Error Black Market Point of Sale Law Enforcement Physical Security Twitter Domains Paperless Office