The Risks of Ransomware: What to watch out for
Ransomware continues to be a dangerous form of a cyber attack. Ransomware it smart and it reshapes itself constantly. There are a number of ways that ransomware can infiltrate your network and compromise your data.
What is Ransomware?
The name ransomware alludes to the process in which hackers take control of a network and prevent access to saved files. The files are held ‘for ransom’ until a monetary amount, usually, Bitcoin is sent to the hacker. Once the ransom has been paid, the files may be released.
The Most Common Ransomware Risks:
- Phishing Emails – Phishing emails and text messages appear to be from legitimate sources. Scam correspondence is getting craftier at using authentic company logos, domains and wording to deceive users. These emails can be disguised as transactional notifications, shipping notifications, and emails from the app or software system you are using. Before clicking a link in an email – always verify its authenticity.
- Remote Desktop Protocols – With this particular wave of ransomware, a hacker will use brute force to acquire the necessary credentials to remotely control your PC. Once they have locked you out of your files and established their cash request, they will leave backdoors open so that they can return to your desktop and strike again.
- Infected USBs – USBs are another way of blitzing a network with ransomware. The second that a USB has been plugged in, the cyberattack has been successful.
- Drive-By Downloads – This particular type of ransomware can hide out in online advertisements and pop-ups. All it takes is one wrong click for malicious software to install itself onto your PC. These attacks do not just stem from shady domains – there have been countless reports of these incidents occurring on valid websites.
How to Stay Safe:
- Back-Up Your Data – a robust backup provided by a trusted team of experts can alleviate concerns of data loss and compromise.
- Patch Your System – regularly patching software vulnerabilities can help mitigate the risk of a hacker getting in.
- Be Vigilant – ensure that you and your employees are alert when opening emails, clicking links and downloading files. Always question something that doesn’t seem quite right.
Ransomware risks are unfortunately on the rise. Arming yourself against these threats is extremely important. Contact our experts and find out if your system can stand against the latest attacks – before it is too late!