Ransomware: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

Cyberattacks. They can disrupt – or even permanently damage – your business, your finances and your personal life. Cyberattacks, including ransomware, are becoming increasingly common and they are a threat you literally cannot afford to ignore.

What’s Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks/locks access to data until a ransom is paid to unblock/unlock it.

Here, the team at Mid-Hudson Web offers advice on keeping  safe from  ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.

 Recent News

On May 12, 2017, a global ransomware attack impacted 150 countries. The most damage was experienced by a telecom company in Spain, and the National Health System Trust in the UK.

In the United Kingdom, 16 hospitals had to cancel surgeries, had their phone systems disabled or have had to turn away emergency patients.  The affected hospitals were using an older version of Microsoft Windows, known as XP.

Danger May be Only A Click Away

Ransomware can be delivered via email by attachments or links within the email. Attachments can include documents, zip files, and executable applications.  Malicious links in emails can link directly to a website the attacker uses to place malware on a system.

Protection Starts with You

At the end of the day, you are at the front lines of protecting your web presence. To stay protected, please note the following:

  • Only open emails from people you know and that you are expecting.
  • But keep in mind that the attacker can impersonate the sender, or the computer belonging to someone you know may be infected without his or her knowledge.
  • Don’t click on links in emails if you weren’t expecting them. The attacker could camouflage a malicious link to make it look like it is for your bank, for example.
  • Keep your computer and antivirus up to date. This adds another layer of defense that could stop the malware.
  • Prevent delivery and download of .exe attachments – both direct and contained inside zip files.

 Staying Safe

As the criminals behind this attack continue to refine this malware, it is important to stay alert and vigilant. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact Mid-Hudson web at 1.845.635.5911.