How to protect your data from Ransomware

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. The simplest way to extract money from someone is by asking them to pay for something they cannot replace. If you have ever locked yourself out of your car on a lonely road, you would easily understand the psyche of the ransomware programmers. You would pay any price to get access to your car/computer if you are ever locked out of it.

The best way to protect yourself from any ransomware attack is to have Backups.

You can choose a cloud storage solution that are currently available from multiple top-class vendors. Google Drive is one of the finest, easiest and cheapest solutions available. The best part is that it syncs across devices/platforms and you can use it on MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile. 

If you are using a Mac, the best solution for you would still be Google Drive, considering the interoperability. However, if you have multiple devices from Apple, like iPhone or iPad, you can also choose iCloud. The good thing about iCloud is that it integrates seamlessly with MacOS and iOS and therefore it is a no-brainer solution for backups.

If you are interested in using on-site on-premise backup, you can get an external storage solution and backup your data on it. Again, for MacOS users, TimeMachine is the best device, though it is slightly expensive. It is still good because of seamless integration and ease of use. If you are using Windows, you can always get the drive and try THIS HERE. This link will take you to Windows Backup and Restore guide from Microsoft!

What is Ransomware?

Ransom is the money demanded by someone who possesses or controls an object or being of value, in exchange of releasing the control or freeing the object or person. 

Ransomware is malicious software that intends to control your PC / Mac / Mobile until you pay the desired ransom to the hijackers. The means of getting into the system are like always – clicking on wrong link in email or on the internet. Most people forget that the ‘tax department’, or any of the reputed companies would not send emails to you for lottery winnings or special offers. Most likely the links would make you download a file that’ll contain the Ransomware. Some people do get carried away seeing a large amount of money and inadvertently click on these links. Once Ransomware is installed on your machine/device, it begins to gain more power and since everything is connected, it propagates to other devices.

Ransomware has suddenly become a threat because it demands money without any fear. The software code will encrypt the data on your disk and you will need a password to decrypt the entire data. This password would be with the hijacker in this case, which should ideally be given to you in case you make the payment. 

Hacking Smartphone with one message – Live

All of us receive promotional messages via various instant messengers like WhatsApp, Hike, WeChat, IMO or Facebook Messenger etc every day. Some of these have free gifts, others offer recharge and mobile balance top-up. Here is one story about such messages. We click on the links in these messages without verifying the source, simply relying upon the sender’s identity. The links in these messages can host malicious software that once downloaded on the phone, can cause serious issues, including Identity Theft. This was displayed by an ethical hacker on live television.
Video Courtesy IBN LIVE.

Please make sure that you do not click on any link in a message that has lucrative offers. Go to the website of the company directly or search for the offer online. All companies that run promotional offers have them on their websites or promote it online via other mediums. Also use a good Mobile Antivirus if possible.