Ransomware is a sh*tshow. That’s when a hacker locks your files with a password so you can’t access anything. Then they demand money before they unlock your files. Sounds stupid, but very serious. One report says 51% of global organizations have been hit by ransomware last year and another says that medium-sized attacks cost a global average of $84,116. Smaller attacks can be as low as a few thousand dollars…but they can still completely halt your operation, like they did for one of Chile’s three big banks on Monday. You absolutely need to avoid being a victim of ransomware.
There are three easy steps you can take to protect yourself:
1. Keep your operating system updated with security patches to prevent known ransomware from taking action
2. Setup automated backups of all your company’s data so it can’t really be held ransom to begin with
3. Don’t open random email attachments or click links sent from people you don’t know
Sounds simple? It is, but it does take a little bit of care and attention.
Here’s a few solid recommendations to meet the three easy steps above:
Just let Windows automatically update itself. FFS! It does more good than harm. Don’t revert to Windows 7 cause it’s cool and you liked it. All other operating systems, when your systems tells you it needs to update, don’t put it off. A reboot won’t kill you once in a while.
On macOS and Windows, I recommend Arq. It’s slick, easy to use, works great, and can backup to tons of online storage platforms:
On Linux, I recommend BorgBackup, which has a great graphical tool called Vorta for those who don’t want to command line.
Emails + links
Don’t open email attachments or click links from people you don’t know. Easy. If you get an unexpected email attachment or link from someone you do know, double check with them to confirm they haven’t been hacked.