Top tips for Staying Safe.
 
Taking over our virtual lives, Ransomware (think WannaCry, Petya, NotPetya, CryptoLocker, etc.), or rather the fear of getting Ransomware has today’s business owners on edge.  For most of us, we personally know at least one person or business that has been hit by this cyber threat and unfortunately the list keeps growing.
  1. Protect your desktop, mobile devices from ransomware and other malware and phishing schemes with these tips:  Have a robust back up strategy and regularly back up files to cloud providers and local storage devices.  In this way if you get hit, you’ll have a copy of all of your data to fall back on!

  2. Patch, patch, patch…there are always vulnerabilities in software that can compromise your security or give away your identity.  Make sure that you update software, patch applications and update operating systems to help minimize threats.

  3. Stay educated on what it takes to spread Ransomware.  Avoid clicking on any suspicious looking links, pop ups and scrutinize email attachments or avoid opening or clicking on these altogether.

  4. No cure for the common…virus?  Remember Anti-virus alone can’t protect you from Ransomware.  You have to have offline back up to recover and your employees need to be trained on what to look for to minimize the chance of falling victim to an attack.

  5. Whatever you do, do not pay the ransom. There is no guarantee you will get your data back.
We wouldn’t wish ransomware on anybody, but as we have often said, the best defense is a good offense.  If you don’t have an iron-clad back up in place, then it is time to get one in place now.  

Sometimes people mistakenly think that because they have an IT company that helps them with their day to day IT needs that they are automatically backed up.  If you are not crystal clear on what you and your company are doing to back up your network and data, then call us today to review what you need to do.