Last week, a major ransomware attack quickly spread around the world. It infected at least 75,000 computers in 99 countries. The attack locked computers and networks using a file encryption software, and demanded payment by Bitcoin to release the data.
If you are worried that you or your business might be vulnerable to a ransomware attack, Better Business Bureau offers these tips to help protect you or your business.
Don’t click on unfamiliar links
Do not click links from someone you don’t know. Even if you think you know who the sender is, think twice before clicking on any email links. Some red flags to look for are messages requiring you to act quickly, messages asking for personal & sensitive information, or messages that are threatening you. Also, be on the lookout for messages with an extensive amount of typos and grammatical errors. These messages may not only appear in emails, some ransomware or phishing attacks use pop-up windows or advertisements.
Keep your devices up to date
Prevent infections by updating critical software as soon as patches or new operating system versions are available. Besides keeping your computer software up to date it is important to have an up-to-date antivirus software installed on your computer. This doesn’t only apply to your computer - make sure your cell phones, tablets, or other internet-connected devices are being regularly being updated as well.
Regularly backup your data
In the event that someone successfully hijacks your computer it’s important to get your device working as quickly as possible. Your system can be restored in most cases of ransomware. Having a current backup of all data speeds up the recovery process. For an extra layer of protection pack up your data on an external hard drive and keep it away from your computer.
Create a security plan for your business
How would you or your business handle a cybersecurity attack? If one person's machine in your network is infected, it can spread to other machines. Having an action plan already prepared to combat cybersecurity risks may save you money and decrease downtime. BBB has created many tools and tips to create a plan that will help manage your cybersecurity risks. To learn more click here to learn more about BBB’s Cybersecurity.