Protect yourself and your company against theses threats.

The risk of malware infection remains on a constant rise with new infections rapidly spreading every hour of every day.

Put an end to theses infections, here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim.

KEEP YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM UP TO DATE

Outdated computer systems are relatively more vulnerable to ransomware attacks. This is why it is essential to perform regular software and operating system updates to improve the security of your computer.

INSTALL AND MAINTAIN REPUTABLE SECURITY SOFTWARE

Install a reputable security suite to help you detect and fight off malicious threats, giving you an extra level of protection. Keeping it up to data renewing and renewing subscription

SUSPICIOUS FILES AND EMAILES SHOULD BE AVOIDED

Stay on guard and think twice before opening email attachments or clicking files from unknown sources. Watch out for suspicious files with hidden file-extensions such as “.pdf.exe”

AVOID REMOTE ACCESS BY UNKNOWN SOURCES

Malware often target computers using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). Keep RDP disabled if you do not require remote access. Do not allow access to your computer by individuals that you don’t know and do not work for your IT department

Multi-version backup, your best weapon against ransomware

Less than half who pay ransomware demands get their files back

  • According a study from security company CyberEdge, which found that for those hit by ransomware there best bet is probably to just restore from a backup.
  • According to Cryptonite, healthcare organizations saw an 89 percent year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks. (Source: Cryptonite)
  • By the end of 2016, ransomware delivered via phishing emails had grown by over 97 percent. (SourcePhishMe)
  • There was a 300 percent year-over-year increase in ransomware attacks between 2015 and 2016, from 1,000 attacks per day to 4,000. (Source: U.S. Justice Department).
  • A 2015/2016 campuscomputing.net survey found that a quarter of campuses experienced spyware or ransomware attacks in the past year. (SourceCampus Computing)
  • An IBM Security survey found that only 29 percent of small businesses had experience with ransomware, making these businesses more likely to be unprepared for the threat. (SourceIBM)
  • Over 70 percent of parents were most concerned about losing digital family photos or videos. (SourceIBM)
  • A Datto survey of 1,100 IT professionals revealed that over 90 percent had clients that suffered ransomware attacks in the past year. Forty percent had clients that were subject to at least six ransomware attacks. (Source: Datto)
  • Ransomware attacks against businesses tripled in 2016, with one attack every two minutes in Q1, and one every 40 seconds in Q3. (Source: Kaspersky)
  • 62 new ransomware families appeared in 2016. (Source: Kaspersky)

Some May Think They Have All The Time In The World

Ransomware continues to grow, hitting consumers and businesses hard

The hard truth about ransomware is that knowing more about the threat doesn’t easily translate to a decreased impact. FedEx is a good example of this. Despite knowledge of the threat for years now, the company saw a $300 million loss due to ransomware. The loss was not a result of paying the ransom but primarily for the cost of disaster recovery and system downtimes. The company’s lack of cyber insurance highlights the fact that many individuals and even large, multinational businesses have yet to fully grasp the threat. (Source: comparitech)

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