Fast recovery is vital

Over the last three posts I’ve been talking about how to avoid ransomware and when I started this series ransomware was something that everyone was talking about because the Wannacry ransomware attack had just happened.

But now, ransomware is off the agenda for almost everyone. It’s not off the agenda because, by some miracle, we don’t have to worry about it anymore … it’s off the agenda because it’s old news and the public’s attention has moved on to something else.

So, don’t be fooled into thinking that ransomware was a one-week-wonder and we don’t have to worry about it anymore because that is far from the truth. Now, when most people aren’t thinking about ransomware is the very time that we should be redoubling our efforts to avoid being hit by it.

Ransomware hasn’t gone away – it’s still here destroying websites and businesses

Right now, we should be looking at what we can do to protect ourselves from ransomware … we should be paying for solid protection and we should not be trusting anyone who sends us unexpected attachments or links that they want us to click on.

And there is one more thing that we should be doing to protect ourselves and our businesses from ransomware. We should be backing up all our important files on a regular and frequent basis … and those backups should be stored somewhere other than the computer that has the original files.

Sometime before WannaCry hit the world a businessman contacted a friend of ours who is a computer tech. He had been hit by one of the many other ransomware variants that are out there and he had lost his files … but he had backups and he wanted our friend to reload the infected computer with the backups.

Where were those backups? On the same computer that was locked solid by the ransomware and they were just as solidly locked up as the rest of the files on the computer.

Some backups are just pointless

Backing up your files onto the same computer that contain the original files is pointless. Those backup files are just as vulnerable as the original files but I guess some people just don’t think beyond the end of their nose.

So, to get the best protection against any form of ransomware you need to do the things I mentioned in the first three posts and also have a regular schedule for backing up everything and keep those backups on an external hard drive that you should only plug into your computer when you’re actually doing the backups.

When you’re not doing backups keep that external hard drive in a safe and secure place … and don’t get lazy. Keep on doing those backups because you never know when ransomware … or some other disaster … will take out your important files.

Be responsible, be vigilant, pay for protection and backup regularly and you will be doing all you can to avoid ransomware.