When it comes to data loss cases, it’s no secret that ransomware or ransomware attacks can cause quite a stir. With victims ranging from large government agencies to unsuspecting individuals surfing the internet, ransomware can wreak havoc that can not only damage your digital device but also your bank account.

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Ransomware is a category of malware that encrypts both data files and the systems they operate on in a way that renders them useless until a ransom is paid for decryption. In many cases, When a ransomware attack occurs, malicious actors may also delete critical system backups and resort to various pressure tactics to persuade victims to pay the demanded ransom.

Is your device in danger of a ransomware attack?

The truth is that all devices are susceptible to ransomware attacks.SAN, NAS, servers, desks, laptops, mobile devices, IoT devices (including TVs, cameras, smart home appliances, wearables, and thermostats), and Edge devices can all be targeted by malicious actors planning ransomware attacks.

Preventive measures against ransomware attacks

Given the complexity of ransomware recovery, it is important to try to reduce the opportunity for an attack as much as possible. Fortunately, some essential steps can be taken to achieve this.

  • Make sure there are always backup copies of critical data available via an external hard drive or in the cloud so that it can be recovered in the event of a ransomware attack. Secure backups are an effective way to protect your data and avoid the temptation to pay ransom to malicious actors.
  • Malware authors rely on a lack of awareness when creating ransomware variants. Therefore, it is essential to be as careful as possible when using the Internet. Never respond to unsolicited text messages or emails from unknown sources and avoid clicking on suspicious links, even if the messages come from organizations or people you know. It is also important to avoid using public Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, as unsecured networks make it easier for cybercriminal activity to access. 
  • Another defense measure against ransomware attacks is to keep your software up to date. A key factor is to keep all the security software on your device always up to date, as it helps to mitigate bugs or patches that could be gateways to cybercriminal activity.

Important tips from Ontrack to recover from ransomware

When it comes to ransomware attacks, Ontrack’s data recovery experts have three essential tips to keep in mind:

Have a plan

Malware authors prefer to catch ransomware victims in a state of panic and off guard, which can lead them to make mistakes (such as trying to negotiate) and inevitably make things worse. The key to recovering encrypted data during a ransomware attack is to have a plan of action that includes the following steps: report the attack to the proper authorities, assess the damage, trace the path of the attack, and determine existing backup options. of security.

Stick to the plan

If you or your organization falls victim to a ransomware attack, it is important to stick to the action plan that has been created. Panic often causes victims to not follow through with the plan, however following the above steps and contacting a ransomware recovery professional as soon as possible can make a big difference in the effectiveness of data recovery.

Avoid attempting to fix it yourself

Ontrack experts warn against self-recovery attempts in any case, as attempting to decrypt data affected by ransomware incidents is particularly harmful and could even lead to ransom-raising attempts. Leave data recovery in the hands of professionals.