Over a last couple of months, Cyware has received hundreds of emails asking help against ransomware infection. There is little doubt that 2016 is the year of Ransomware. In this year, we have seen many dreaded ransomware like Zepto, Cerber, FairWare, WildFire, Petya, Mamba and the list goes on. Not only different types of ransomware but also different versions of the same ransomware. To quote few examples, the Cerber series is now on its Version 4 with Cerber4 raiding the networks presently across the globe. Recently, Cerber4 received a major update that makes it more lethal. Another example is that of Locky ransomware of which Zepto is a version. Locky also received an update by its makers recently that makes it more deadly. Infact Locky has accounted for 97% of malicious junk sent over email. On 24th October 2016, Locky created a record with 14 Million spam emails being sent in just one single day.
The menace of ransomware is going to continue in coming months because it is turning out to be a profitable business for the criminals. It does not make any sense to oblige to the demands of the criminals. There is no guarantee that you will get your encrypted files back even after you pay the hefty ransom in bitcoins. Therefore, every individual or business firm should inculcate certain habits, measures and practices in their daily cyber hygiene to prevent the ransomware infection in the first place and to be prepared in case of infection. In this article, we list out 8 proactive steps you should take to fight ransomware.
Follow these 7 steps and you can reduce the probability of being infected by ransomware by a huge margin. These 7 steps will not only prevent you from being infected by a ransomware but also many other dreaded malwares roaming around the internet.