Ransomware protection & recovery guidelines for businesses

Ransomware Attacks and Emerging AI-driven Threats tied for the top spot as the most concerning #cybersecurity threats in 2024.

Reduce the risk of a costly cyberattack with the Avast Business Hub. Explore the Business Hub virtually, within minutes. See step-by-step how to check device security and protect businesses from one screen.

You can tour it virtually here: https://app.getreprise.com/launch/3XpYoVy/

Keep ransomware out with the following guidelines:

Establish multi-layered security

One of the best ways to prevent ransomware attacks is to build a multi-layered security structure. Combining security solutions like our Avast Business Antivirus, Patch Management, Network Security, and Cloud Backup creates an even stronger barrier guarding your business with less points of entry for hackers to explore.

Be wary of pop-up instalment requirements

Pop-ups are seldom your friends. Whenever you get a pop-up request to update or download and install software or a plug-in while you’re online, close the pop-up without taking any action. Instead, go directly to the legitimate source to apply any updates.

Think twice before clicking links

Don’t click links you receive from unknown contacts via SMS, email, or messenger applications like Skype or WhatsApp. Even if you think you know the sender, take a closer look at both their address and the link itself before proceeding. If anything looks suspicious, steer clear.

Don’t download apps from unknown sources

When downloading apps to your computer or mobile device, stick with trusted sources like Microsoft Store, Apple App Store, and Google Play Store. Avoid third-party app stores, which have a reputation for being rife with scams.

To add an extra layer of security, go into your device’s settings and disable its ability to perform app installations from unknown sources. You should also be suspicious if an app asks for device administrator permission. Granting this permission enables the owner of the app to access your device remotely, which would have dangerous consequences.

Back up all important files

In the event of a ransomware attack, having backups of all your vital files will help you in terms of damage control. The best way to prevent data loss is to use a combination of offline and online storage methods. Save your files to one or more physical devices (e.g. external hard drives, USB flash sticks, SD cards) and to cloud storage services (e.g. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive).

This way, if you do get hit with a ransomware attack, you’re ready to restore all your important files as soon as you remove the ransomware from your device.

Keep operating systems and apps updated

If you’re still using an older OS that Microsoft no longer supports, like Windows XP, you are especially vulnerable to attack. Many updates involve security patches that are vital to preventing ransomware and other malware from infiltrating your devices. Make it a habit to keep all your software up-to-date, especially your web browsers and plug-ins.

© Copyright 2024. All Rights Reserved

Post Views: 4