How to Protect Your Computer from Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware attacks are a type of malicious software (malware) that involve hackers gaining access to a user’s computer or device and then restricting access to files and data by encrypting them. They then demand a ransom payment in exchange for restoring access to the files and data.
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The motive for ransomware attacks is often monetary, and attackers typically demand payment in cryptocurrency to enable the exchange to be anonymous and untraceable. Some attackers also increase the ransom amount the longer the victim takes to pay, which puts additional pressure on them to meet these demands quickly.
Ransomware attacks can be devastating for individuals, businesses, and organizations, as they can cause significant financial losses, reputational damage, and difficulties in carrying out day-to-day activities. Once a ransomware infection occurs, restoring access to files and data can be a difficult and time-consuming process that may require professional assistance. Victims may also need to report the attack to law enforcement and take steps to prevent future incidents.
To prevent ransomware attacks, it is important to be aware of the risks and take proactive steps to protect against them. This may include using anti-malware software, backing up important files regularly, being cautious when opening emails and attachments from unfamiliar senders, and updating software and operating systems to ensure that known vulnerabilities are patched. Additionally, it is important to avoid paying a ransom as there is no guarantee that the attacker will restore access to the files and data, and it may encourage further attacks in the future.
Hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide were hit by the new ransomware called WannaCry (aka WCry, WannaCrypt, Wanna Decryptor, WannaCrypt0r 2.0) which encrypts files on computers running Microsoft’s Windows operating systems and demands payment in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
In order to avoid this global cyber-attack by WannaCry and prevent from ransomware attacks in the future,
You should read these tips:
1. Avoid Clicking on Unidentified Links and Opening Suspicious Downloads
Ransomware can spread by multiple methods, such as clicking on malicious websites and phishing emails, downloading infected files, etc. Staying alert and never clicking on unidentified links is very crucial. Surfing Protection feature in IObit Malware Fighter can help you detect the websites on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and IE. If a website is suspicious or unsafe, it will alert you to not click on it thus avoid malicious attacks.
2. Regularly Backup Important Files
To avoid losing your important files, especially encrypted by ransomware, it’s better for you to develop the good habit of making a back-up regularly and properly. You need a backup tool to make things easy and convenient. PC Transfer from IObit provides an easy way to quickly backup all your important files.
3. Set a new rule to your 445 Port
Turn On your firewall and set a new inbound rule for your port 445. Block all inbound connections for TCP and UDP connections.
4. Keep Your System and Applications Up-to-Date
Cyber Criminals often use the vulnerability of the old and unsupported operating systems and applications to spread infections. So it’s very necessary to keep your system and applications up-to-date.
5. Install Anti-Ransomware Engine on Your Computer
The most effective way to block ransomware from your computer is making good use of an anti-ransomware tool. The newly embed anti-ransomware engine in IObit Malware Fighter 5 is a powerful tool designed to help the user to detect ransomware threats in real-time and protect the computer against ransomware attacks including WannaCry and WannaCry 2.0.
6. Use strong passwords
Use strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, and consider using a password manager to generate and store your passwords.
7. Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring a second form of authentication, such as a code sent to your phone, in addition to your password.
By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the risk of being infected by ransomware and protect your computer from potential attacks.