ZoneAlarm has spoken about ransomware to the readers of Wccf (Where Consumers Come First) tech, a leading technology publication. Dror Levy, head of consumer marketing, listed his tips to protect you against ransomware attacks. Read the full article below to learn how to better protect your desktop and mobile devices from ransomware, phishing attacks, and other cyber threats.
“WannaCry, Petya, NotPetya, DoubleLocker, Bad Rabbit, Loser – ransomware has effectively taken over our virtual lives and definitely not in a good way. It has come to a point where at least one person or business that we personally know has probably been hit by the epidemic. Ransomware is no longer a threat for naive internet users nor exclusive for rich businesses, the threat is real and going strong for everyone online. But, what can we as users and small businesses do to better protect our data from falling into the wrong hands?”, opened the Wccf article.
The publication reached out to our experts at ZoneAlarm to discuss some of the best practices that are both easy to follow and will help you ensure you are better prepared to deal with this growing threat. Here are some key points to follow:
- Patch up! Any software you use is a potential source of vulnerabilities that could lead to a compromise of security or identity so it’s important to patch applications and operating systems to help significantly limit malware threats. Updating software and operating systems is imperative since malicious programs can take advantage of software vulnerabilities and infiltrate the devices. The more commonly used a program is, the bigger target it represents and the more likely it is that a vulnerability will be exploited.
- Understand how ransomware spreads and make sure you don’t fall for the common tricks. It’s imperative to be educated on how ransomware spreads and be able to identify malicious behaviors. The Bad Rabbit attack was spread through fake Adobe Flash player updates so it’s important to avoid clicking on any popups or suspicious looking links. Email attachments are the number one risk for infection, so avoid opening and clicking on any attachments.
- Use dedicated anti-ransomware tools! Your antivirus alone may not protect you if the ransomware is not yet a well-known one. Use behavior-based tools that can identify new zero-day ransomware from the first moment. ZoneAlarm is the strongest anti-ransomware tool available in the market. It is leveraging advanced Forensics technology for enterprises in order to analyze and get over the extortion attack.
- Encrypted file recovery. A must. ZoneAlarm recovers your files to the original state and no data will be lost.
- Do not pay the ransom. If you do get hit with ransomware, paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee you’ll safely receive all your data back. Not only that, you become a target for future ransomware attacks.
To read the original full version of the Wccf tech article, please access https://wccftech.com/top-tips-protect-ransomware/.