How to Protect Yourself Against Ransomware

2 Apr 2020 IT Services

Understanding how to protect yourself against ransomware will help keep your business safe from hackers. At Next Hop Solutions, they want to ensure that your business’ important data is as safe as possible. That is why they offer a range of IT services that can be used to help protect your business against ransomware.

Ransomware Protection Tips

Some simple tips for protecting your business against ransomware include:

1. Apply Software Patches

While patching software flaws can be a time-consuming and tedious job, it is a vital part of securing your business against ransomware. Make sure that all of your business’ computers are using up-to-date software to prevent hackers from finding any vulnerabilities that will allow them to gain access to your network.

2. Train Staff to Recognize Suspicious Emails

One of the easiest ways to protect your business against ransomware is to train staff members to recognize suspicious emails. Make sure that team members know to only open emails from senders that they recognize and that they do not click on any links and attachments in an email unless they are positive that links or attachments are legitimate.

3. Create an Effective Data Backup Strategy

Having secure and up-to-date backups of all your business’ important data is crucial for defending against ransomware, as it will allow you to quickly restore data in the event of a ransomware attack. Consider creating an effective backup strategy that tells you what data needs to be backed up and how often.

4. Create a Ransomware Recovery Plan

Consider creating a ransomware recovery plan that covers everything from the technical response—cleaning up computers and reinstalling data from backups—to how to explain the situation to customers and suppliers. Once you have a plan created, make sure to test it to ensure that there are not any gaps in the plan that still need to be addressed.

5. Keep Antivirus Software Up to Date

Since most antivirus software now comes with ransomware-spotting features and add-ons that spot suspicious behaviour, ensuring your business’ antivirus software is up to date can go a long way in helping protect your business.

If you would like to learn more tips on how to protect yourself against ransomware, or if you are interested in one of their IT services, please contact Next Hop Solutions at 1-855-482-5141 or by requesting a consultation on their website.