If you see warning popup on your PC, you should know you have double clicked on a ransomware attachment and you may be losing everything.
Do not panic…. The Window is there to assist!
We would like to think that prevention is better than cure. We suggest that you:
- Install Anti-virus software to try and counter these attacks
- Backup all your data
- Do not open emails from strange email addresses, with weird attachments
- Do not open attachments or click on unknown links
- Do not double-click on email attachments
- Do not download software from torrent sites
- Never disable anti-virus or anti-malware software
There have been plenty of strange emails from our own email addresses, which we have received and of course, I wanted to see what this was, being the inquisitive person I am… Let’s just say I have the best boss ever because I’m still here. I crashed our network and he did not fire me. If I had known all of the above, I would not have made that mistake, I would have “shift +delete” on first sight of it.
If it is too late, and you clicked the attachment or link, you have 3 options:
- Recover what is lost from your amazing backups which you should have with us
- Pay the ransom
- Say goodbye to all your data
We have seen a few companies that have been attacked by ransomware. Luckily, they had our backup, which keeps the last 5 versions (versions meaning, the amount of times you have updated file or document) of your data. If you are attacked, everything is wiped for that day and the data is restored from the previous versions.
At the end of the day, ransomware is constantly changing and evolving, so it is very hard to be actively protected all the time, the best solution is to have an adequate backup (not an attached portable drive or USB Stick).