Ransomware & Ways to Protect Yourself

Ransomware is defined as a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.  This practice can be devastating to an individual or to a business.  Windows users have been scrambling in recent years in an attempt to stay one step ahead of ransomware attackers, and a few positive techniques have emerged.  Continue reading for some ideas on how to keep your computer network safe.

  • Usage of Microsoft’s Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0 will aid in following the most comprehensive and effective security settings available.  Constant and vigilant security protocol will enhance your chances of not being attacked by these modern-day pirates, known as ransomware attackers.
  • Keep accurate tabs on your system’s administrator accounts.  Protection of administrator accounts is vital, because any open access can allow hackers a place to slide in and cause massive disruption.  Your IT professionals should be extra careful about which devices they are using when signing in to administrator functions.
  • Multiple layers of cybersecurity defense is your best bet for safeguarding against ransomware attackers.  Practice application whitelisting, which is a security measure that restricts certain software from running, unless it has been properly cleared as a safe program.
  • Device Guard User Mode Code Integrity is the best practice to use when using PowerShell.  PowerShell is a way to promote automation and configuration within Microsoft’s framework.  This is a way to limit the things that can be loaded into your system, and not sacrifice any integrity from within or from outside of your system.
  • Make sure all macros are enabled in Office programs.  Ransomware attackers often find vulnerabilities in Office settings.
  • Always back up data routinely.  If you are attacked by ransomware thieves, an attack can take a long time to bounce back from, but if you have your data saved, hopefully you will not lose too much information.

In conclusion, it is impossible to stay completely safe from ransomware attackers; however, there are definitely techniques that you can implement to help prevent an attack.  Besides staying completely “off the grid”, which is not a realistic way of life for most people, just take one step at a time, and do everything you can to protect yourself and your business.