9 ways to protect your Windows computers against Ransomware
Sooner or later chances are that you will be attacked by some form of malware. However there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
Malware has been around for many years and with our dependence on computer systems becoming larger every day. Malware has increased exponentially. Anti-virus programs were able to handle these attacks in the past, but now it take more diligent to combat the problem.
Malware now comes in many forms, spyware, ransomware, and adware and in the case of zero-days, to reduce the impact while limiting the exposure as much as possible.
Then there’s the WannaCry ransomware infecting users internationally. This has become a big problem for users in the health-care, utility infrastructures, and infrastructures used for government services.
Data security is not a one solution for everyone. Depending on your industry and regulations that apply to you.
The risk of infection is always there, it’s not going to go away. However if you have several security applications that address different form of malware it will minimize the potential of infection.
1: Patch management for clients and servers
Keep current with updates. Microsoft issues update to address vulnerabilities in the OS that allows malware to enter you system, keeping up to date plugs these holes.
2: Security software and hardware appliance updates
Keep your security software up to date. Make sure your fire wall is working properly.
3: Hardening device security
Any software or device that can access your information should have rules in place to avoid access by outside sources.
4: Data backup management
Backup your data to a local drive, like an external hard drive. A backup to a cloud is also a good idea. If you do get an infection, you can always revert to your backup.
5: Encryption for data
Does nothing to stop malware from infecting you machine, but it does make the information useless to whoever access it, if they can’t unencrypted it.
6: Secured network infrastructure configurations
Keep all firmware up to date for things like router switches, and wireless access points.
7: Network, security, acceptable use
Users should be advised of all security measures to be taken to avoid infections.
8: End-user training
Not only how to avoid infections, but how to identify them and what to do if it happens.
9: Some software I have found very useful to deter infection
Hitman Pro https://www.hitmanpro.com/en-us/hmp.aspx
I have found that Microsoft anti-virus works very well. Although there are others out there that are also very good.
And XXCLONE Pro is a very good data backup program. http://www.xxclone.com