As a home or business user you may think that your computer or network really wouldn't be a target for anyone.
You'd better re-think that notion.
Most home users do not give security a second thought because many simply think that its automatic with their computer. That's true but only a very limited extent. Most computers like Windows 10 have built in anti virus and ransomware protection but relying on that alone is foolish as many people have found out the hard way. Many individuals as well as small businesses have had to pay ransomware attackers to get their data back.
And just to be clear those small businesses were sole proprietorships such as Doctor's offices, Car Dealerships, Carpet stores, Restaurants to name just a few. Losing your all of your business documents and other data is a nightmare for sure.
The Way In.
Router security is more important than ever today. Again the majority of people who have a router have no protection in their router because they have allowed the protection package that came with it when they purchased it expire. That's the gateway in.
Basic router security
A guest network has its advantages. It not only provides your guests with a unique SSID and password, but it also restricts outsiders from accessing your primary network where your connected devices work.
Once you have set up a guest network, you will not have to share your primary network password with your guests. They will be unable to access your Internet of Things-enabled devices or infect your network and devices with malware or viruses that may be on their devices.
How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks and other attack's
To protect yourself and your system from ransomware, follow these recommended steps:
- Avoid opening unverified emails or clicking links embedded in them.
- Back up important files using the 3-2-1 rule: Create three backup copies on two different media with one backup in a separate location.
- Regularly update software, programs, and applications to protect them from the latest vulnerabilities.
- Create a culture of security and equip personnel with adequate knowledge on ransomware and other threats that utilize phishing and unsecure accounts in their campaigns.
- Enforce the principle of least privilege to prevent users from running certain programs that can be used by ransomware variants.
- Limit access to shared or network drives and turn off file sharing. This minimizes the risk of a ransomware infection spreading to other devices.
Organizations can also mitigate the effects of public shaming dealt by the conditions of ransomware’s double extortion scheme by being responsible and taking the following steps:
- Notify law enforcement about the attack and the extent of the data breach.
- Follow data regulation protocols such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and make the necessary disclosures and notifications.
- Prevent similar attacks from succeeding by addressing the security issues exploited by the attack.
Mike has the experience to get your security up to where it would be difficult for intruders to attack your data. Potential attackers are not going to spend a great deal of time trying to get into your home or business network once they determine its well protected.
Call or e-mail today to schedule your appointment to secure your data!