Ensure to enable system protection as well as file history – Always back up your data on an external device
Stay alert to Phishing Emails – Say No to unknown links and download attachments from unrecognized sources.
Say No to Macros loading in Office Programs – Always choose ‘Show hidden file-extension’
Practice two-factor authentication –
Say Yes to Application Whitelisting.
Always access password-protected or safe internet connection – Enable AppLocker and the BIOS clock back setting.
Avoid surfing illegal download sites which are generally a breeding ground for malware – Set Windows Scripting Host to “disabled” mode.
Update your antivirus software at regular intervals – Instantly disconnect from the Internet.
Ensure proper security of your database
– Avoid using Remote Desktop feature
History of Ransomware Attack In India?
Gandcrab Ransomware Attack – A version of ransomware virus “GandCrab“ detected in, Jan’2018. Similar to other viruses, it also encrypts the files on the infected computers and asks victims to pay a ransom. This the first ransomware that asks to pay the ransom using Dash — a cryptocurrency similar to but features faster transaction and secrecy than Bitcoin. Read more about Gandcrab virus and how to recover data from after Gandcrab attack.
Wanna Cry Ransomware Attack – Wanna Cry Ransomware Attack is one of the largest ransomware attacks that affected more than 2,30,000 computers across 150 countries including India and demanded a ransom. The Wanna Cry Ransomware attack happened through multiple modes, including phishing emails, links, documents and on unpatched systems as a computer worm.
Infographics – India ranks 4th in Ransomware attack Infographic
Ransomware Attack is one of the most critical situations where you lose access to your data and on the top of it, you are demanded a ransom. Since ransomware uses common mediums like email attachments, free games, etc. as their mask, it’s your responsibility to be careful while visiting any website, opening an email attachment and performing other internet activities. Follow the precautions mentioned in this blog to prevent a ransomware attack. It’s better to back up your data at regular intervals so that you can get it back in a ransomware attack situation.
If your device or PC has been attacked by ransomware, then try to recover your databy using multiple solutions mentioned in this blog. If you fail to recover your data using the recommended solutions, your last resort as suggested remains to counter it.