Teslacrypt ransomware on the Rise to christmas
Cryptoware, if you get hit there is only one solution thats to have a really good backup solution. Cyber criminals developed ransomware around 20 odd years ago but it has advanced over the years and teh stakes have gotten bigger. The later strains have become good at evading detection, and getting around any locally installed virus checker. Some of the more recent attacks have been nasty using cryptowall and CTB Locker type varients, a market has eveoled whereby ransomware has been given as an in the cloud service, giving the average jo the tools to mount large nationwide attacks on many sources. All business using computers and the internet are vunerable, nobody is exempt from attack, if you dont take this serious then you will get caught out by criminals. It is important that you get the basics when it comes to protecting your technology investment, no matter how big or small you are. Making sure you automatically patch your system is a good step at basic protection, alot of security bugs get squashed when you do this. More than half of the attacks direct a security hole in end users PC’s due to not having the correct patches to teh operating system. So by automating this process you already have halved the chances of a breach. Do not keep important data on a laptop a laptop is a higher risk to the business due to human error, its easy to leave on a bus or taxi and alot easier to steal. Always backup your data somewhere that is not connected to the local system in anyway like a dropbox account or another cloud based system, external drives also count but not if they are connected on a permenent basis. Never open zip files sent in emails unless you know where it came from and you are expecting it, and then use your virus scanner to check before opening the file. Any spam emails you receive delete them striaght away never download or clcik on the links in these emails. Never click on Links in emails this is the most often used way for cybercriinal sto redirect you to a ransonware site. As previoulsy stated keep your operating system up to date and patched, automate it so you dont forget to do it… Use relaible and trustyworthy antivirus product, be aware theough that these products do not filter all ransomware, specialised tools can be used or you can speak to your managed services provider regarding endpoint protection. Increase the security settings on your web browser to as much as practiable.
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