Ransomware, usually disguising as a FREE ANTI-VIRUS, are malicious software that restricts access to an infected computer and makes demand to the users to pay a fee to restore access to the infected system. In layman’s term, Ransomeware hijacks computer systems, held hostage the system and demands payment before releasing. Kaspersky Security Bulletin states that Attacks on businesses increased 3x in 2017. A company gets hit with ransomware every 40 seconds. This article will guide you on how to protect your system from Ransomware Attack.

How do you get infected by Ransomware

  • Installing “FREE ANTI-VIRUS / ANTI-MALWARE” from unreliable source.
  • Downloading Malicious attachments on emails
  • Visiting compromised websites
  • Installing fake software updates
  • Outdated & unpatched OS.

With the reasons above, you have an idea how to prevent Ransomware Attack.

Preventive tips to protect from Ransomware

The best protection against ransomware is to back up all of the information and files on a device which is completely separated with your computer system. If you treasure your photos, videos, documents, it is best to have a backup. Use a backup platform which does not use internet so that hackers can't access it. It is recommended follow the 3-2-1 Backup Rule to safeguard your files from Ransomware Attack. 
3-2-1 Backup Rule: 3 Backup copies in 2 different media with 1 backup separate from your system - best option is using an external hard disk.  
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2. Update your Operating System

Your operating system provider might have updated their patch to fix vulnerabilities that a Ransomware can sneak in. Though it is race against time whether your OS provider made a patch before the ransom ware reaches your system or not,  it is still advisable to update your O.S. to possibly protect your system from Ransomware.
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3.) Don't open any emails with malicious attachments

Avoid opening any email from an unverified source, don't download any files, stop any downloading process if it automatically downloads something to your system and finally, never click website links from an unverified email as it might redirect you to a Ransomware download website which disguises as a "Anti-Ransomware / Anti-Virus /Anti-Malware" applications.
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4.) Update Anti-Virus 
Make sure your Anti-virus is up-to date and make it a regular habit to update it if it is not in 'auto-update mode'. Anti-Virus updates contain the latest files needed to combat new viruses and protect your computer system. Most of AV has an feature that stops 'auto-download or auto-install' which protects you from unwanted virus installations.  It is also advisable to use premium/paid anti-virus to have better options  protect your system ie: website / email / download protections.

5.) Run System Scan after AV Update

You'll never know if a virus successfully penetrated in your system before you engaged the anti-virus update. After AV update, Run a system scan to make sure you are free from malicious software. It may take long but it will surely give you a peace of mind after the results says 'Zero Infection / Your Computer is free from virus'. 
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Stay protected and safeguard your valuable data. Apply this How-To Protect your computer from Ransomware guide and have security advantage over cyber attacks.

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