Advancement in IT technology has opened a plethora of opportunities for businesses to trigger growth. It has also enhanced the productivity scenario for businesses. But the truth is that everything is not bliss and glee in this paradise. The world of IT can also become a hell for firms if they ever become prey to online predators, waiting for their chance to hack your system and get access to confidential information.
An attempt of hacking can cost a company a lot in terms of smudge on reputation, leakage of confidential information, and financial loss. According to a report, the average cost per data breach is $3.86 million. This is not the story of small businesses with a weak security system. Even big companies, like Yahoo, AOL, and IBM, have become victims of cybersecurity attacks. It shows that you can’t sit back with a couple of security measures and think: okay, I am safe now. Because you are not! So, it is always good to be mentally prepared for any worst scenario.
Here are some tips to help you minimize damage as much as possible in case you ever become a victim of ransomware:
Don’t Pay the Ransom:
First things first, don’t pay the ransom. I know it isn’t easy to think straight when you know that ransomware has attacked your system, and all your data is under someone’s control. And you will find agreeing to pay the ransom the best solution to save your data and reputation. But never ever agree to pay a ransom. There isn’t any guarantee that the hacker will fair play and give access to your files or will not keep a backup of the file to threaten you later for more money.
Disconnect the System:
Computer viruses can work like human viruses. They can transfer from one system to another system networked through the same server. So, once you know that ransomware has infected your system, gather up your sense and shut down all your system and other networked devices to stop the chain of infection. Here, every second counts, and delay in taking the right decisions means that you will only enlarge the magnitude of the damage.
Contact a Professional Expert:
If your IT team is not well-trained to handle such situations, contact an expert ransomware removal company immediately. It is the best thing you can do in this situation to attenuate the possibility of loss. Make sure that you contact the right company that is experienced and knows tricks to restore lost data and mitigate the likelihood of further damage.
Better Be Safe than Sorry!
Now you know what to do in case you ever become a victim of any ransomware attack. But it is always better to be safe than sorry. Instead of wiping the spilt milk, isn’t it better that we prevent all the possibilities of spilling milk? It doesn’t mean that you should stop taking advantage of IT advancement, but you can surely take steps to fortify your security to prevent any attack.
Usually, such incidents are the result of our careless behavior. You can save your business by following simple tips:
- Never use public WIFI. In case you have to use it, always use a VPN to access the public network.
- Keep up-to-date antivirus software that comes up with ransomware alerts and detection.
- Don’t provide personal information to any unknown email or message.
- Scan your emails to find any virus or threat before opening them.
- Educate your employees regarding cybersecurity threats and how to protect important data.
It seems difficult to avoid cyber-attacks significantly when many big companies have become a victim of it. But remember that hacking and other cybersecurity threats are mostly results of our carelessness and negligence. We can avoid them to a great extent once we know the drill!