There are a few different ways that you can get infected by ransomware. The following list is not exhaustive, but it covers some of the most common methods that cybercriminals use to spread their ransomware throughout the world, injecting it into computer systems and networks using methods such as email attachments, infected software, phishing websites, and so on.
To build better awareness, the following part of the article will shed light on the varying ways you can gain access to your system.
1 – Phishing Emails
How many times have you received an email from your “bank” asking you to update your information or verify your account because of a suspicious transaction? What about emails that look like they’re from your “Internet Service Provider” asking you to reset your password? These emails are very common in the world of ransomware.
2 – Infected Webpages
Another popular method that cybercriminals use to distribute ransomware is by infecting online websites. Many websites offer free content such as music, movies, games and so on. Instead of paying for these services, cybercriminals often infect them with ransomware and then ask for “donations” to unlock their files.
3 – Attachments
One of the most common ways to get infected with ransomware is by opening an attachment that comes with an email. The ransomware is often disguised as a document or photo.
4 – Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Attacks
The use of RDP attacks by ransomware has increased dramatically. In order to stop this threat, we recommend that you don’t allow RDP to be accessed externally. If you want to enable RDP access, use complex passwords and two-factor authentication.
How To Prevent Ransomware Attacks
1 – Secure All Endpoints
As stated earlier, ransomware is most commonly distributed through the use of attachments, so it is important for you to protect your entire system and network.
2 – Ensure Backups
Most ransomware attacks will lock your files, so if you have a backup that is out of date, you may be unable to recover your files. To ensure that you can recover your files in the event of a ransomware attack, you should consider creating backups on a separate network that is not connected to your primary network.
3 – Encrypt Important Files
Encrypting your important files will allow you to protect them in the event that your computer is affected by ransomware.
4 – Use Antivirus Software and Work with a Cybersecurity Company
Using antivirus software is important because it can let you know if your system has been affected. In addition, you can work with a cybersecurity company that can provide you with cybersecurity protection in the event that ransomware is affecting your system.
Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and they are taking advantage of technology to spread their attacks quickly with minimal detection. The financial impact of these attacks is significant, so it is important for your business to ensure that the right cybersecurity protections are in place to prevent them from affecting your business.
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