Preparing for RansomWare Attacks

Recently at my day job, a coworker got a rather nasty piece of malware on his Windows machine called CryptoLocker.

Basically what ransomware (like CryptoLocker) does is that it encrypts your important documents and pictures and then gives you a 72 hour ultimatum to wire transfer money to an overseas location in order to get the encryption pass-phrase to rescue your files.

Since “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” (cyber or otherwise), you need to be able to mitigate the damage this ransomware may cause.cybersecurity_11

Here are some tips to prepare for the event of ransomware hitting your computer.

  • Back up your important files on multiple locations
    • Use a portable hard drive and DISCONNECT IT from your laptop when you are done backing up your files
    • Use DropBox Regularly
      • The versioning feature will really come in handy
    • Use Google Drive as well as DropBox
    • Store your music on your music player or a memory stick
    • Store your books on your tablet.
  • Get off the Windows plantation!
    • Try using a Linux LiveCD machine, an Apple or any other Tablet computer to minimize the “attack surface” you present.
  • Keep your antivirus and anti-malware software up to date.
  • Keep your operating system up to date!
    • Windows Update and Ubuntu Software Center will notify you of new updates.

This is the cyber equivalent of storing batteries and food in the event of a power outage. You might not be able to stop the power from going out but you can minimize the discomfort.

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2 comments on “Preparing for RansomWare Attacks
  1. [ Smiles ] I love MalwareBytes, it never let me down.

    We must do everything in our power to protect ourselves from ransomware.


  2. Steven says:

    Reblogged this on Hammerhead Combat Systems and commented:
    Cyber-Terrorism…just as nasty as the real thing because it often tries to hit you where it hurts the most: Your Pocketbook.


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