Avoid Ransomware AttacksOrhan Sari
As technology develops, the frequency of ransomware and other phishing attacks increase against internet users and institutions. It is important that digital citizens be alerted to digital hygiene, which is a fundamental part of the global world, and get protected against ransomware and other phishing attacks increase.
What does Ransomware mean?
Ransomware is malicious software that locks, encrypts, and ransoms the victims’ files for access. Cybercriminals use these attacks by allowing users to open e-mail attachments or click links containing legitimate but actually malicious code. Ransomware can be called “digital abduction” of valuable data such as personal photos and information, customer information, financial records and intellectual property. Any person or organization can be a potential target of ransomware and other phishing attacks.
What can we do?
In the light of the suggestions below, we can protect ourselves and our institutions against ransomware and other phishing attacks.
Keep all your machines clean. All software connected to the Internet must be kept up to date. The most up-to-date versions of all important security software and other frequently used programs and applications, including computer and mobile operating systems, should be running.
Be two steps ahead. Two-step authentication should be used for existing accounts (also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication). Two-step authentication can use everything from a short message to a phone to a biometric icon, such as a fingerprint, to provide enhanced account security.
Backup. Important works, music, photos and other digital information must be regularly backed up and safeguarded in a secure way.
Create better passwords. A strong password must contain at least 12 characters. Strong passwords should be created by focusing on Proverbs, favourable positive sentences, idioms, proverbs.
Delete if you are in doubt. Cybercriminals often steal personal information through links in e-mail, social media messages and online advertisements. Even if the source is known, keep away from suspicious contents.
Plug & Scan. USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses or other malicious software. Security software must be used to scan these devices.
You can also use Keepnet Labs phishing reporter to be alerted against ransomware and other phishing attacks and inform IT staff about suspicious emails.
You can use phishing simulator/ phishing software for free.