How to prevent ransomware: Ontrack’s latest survey

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by Michael Nuncic


The last few years have seen ransomware steal the headlines. Organizations from all over the world have found themselves the subject of cybercriminals, leaving them open to sensitive data breaches. With no businesses safe, organizations need bigger budgets and a comprehensive understanding of ransomware and how to prevent it. 

Ransomware survey

We recently asked 541 global organisations several questions regarding the current state of ransomware. Below are some of the key points we think we should highlight: 

Top tips to help you prevent a ransomware attack

1. Ensure your Operating System (OS) is up to date

Keeping your OS up-to-date ensures that hackers can’t access your system through vulnerabilities that may occur due to outdated software.

2. Download up-to-date security programmes

Ensuring your computer has the latest anti-malware software will protect you against potential threats. There are lots of the market, so if your computer doesn’t come packaged with it, make sure you scout the market for a good version. To help you out, here is a guide to the top 10 best free anti-malware software on the market.

3. Make sure all your devices have password protection

Having a password on your device is the easiest way of protecting it. It may sound like a simple tip, but it’s surprising how many people don’t have them set up!

4. Create difficult passwords

When you are setting up passwords on your devices, make sure they are complex and don’t use the same one for multiple devices. If you struggle to remember your passwords, use a password manager. The option of setting up two-step authentication is also an option.

5. Beware of phishing emails

Yes, these are still a thing! Long gone are the days when a Princess needs saving from a foreign country; hackers have got much smarter than that! If you receive an email you are unsure about, check the email address is really from the person its claimed to be from, e.g. if it says it’s from Apple and the email address is it isn’t!

6. Ensure you have an up to date backup

Protecting yourself also means having a backup of your data; meaning that if you are hit by malware, you will be able to rebuild your system quickly and hassle-free. Make sure that your backup system is not connected to your network (or only is for the time when it’s needed), this will stop any chance of your backup being affected by malware as well.

7. Consider using Tape as a backup system

Tapes provide the most security for your data in terms of storage. Once your backup onto a Tape, the Tape is removed and no longer connected to the network, ensuring that it can never be affected by a malware attack.

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