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If your backup routine is 1) automatic, 2) stores incremental versions of your data and 3) is scheduled daily, then you’ll never lose more data than what was generated since your last backup.
Without a backup plan in place, you’ll have to pick up the pieces and then put a backup routine in place.
If you’ve been hit by a ransomware attack, you’ll have to decide whether to pay the ransom or not.
Experts in cyber security warn that paying ransom is not only unsafe – you have no guarantee that the attacker will return your data and leave you alone – but it encourages cyber criminals to continue doing it. It is safer in the long term to use these eight steps to handle a ransomware attack:
If your data is backed up at the point of a ransomware attack, then you can restore your backed up files and ditch the infected ones.
If your staff know how to identify ransomware and who to alert, they’ll be able to stop it from spreading to other devices and kick-start the recovery process.
Once you’re sure it’s a ransomware attack, take the affected computer offline and disconnect it from your network.
Alert everyone to the attack as soon as possible, and let them know how you’re going to handle it.
If the ransomware code has been cracked, you’ll be able to find a decrypter for it online. If there’s no decrypter, you’ll have to restore the affected devices to factory settings and then restore your data from the last clean backup or say goodbye to that data if you don’t yet have a backup routine in place.
This will be far more effective than traditional antivirus technology.
Note: This content is general advice and should not be construed as paid-for cyber security advice and instruction.