24 Oct

Protect Yourself from Ransomware with Regular Data Backups

Ransomware has been a trending topic in the IT industry that is not going away. Initially, businesses were targets of these “black-hat” operatives, who would hold their data “hostage” until a ransom was paid.

Some businesses that were hit had their proprietary data held hostage. Sadly for them, they did not have a data backup to turn to. As a result, several of the businesses ended up paying out thousands to tens of thousands of dollars or more just to have their data released.

Protect Yourself from Ransomware with Regular Data Backups

In some cases, even after the business paid the ransom, the data was still not released and the ransomware remained on the computer. Today, ransomware attacks have expanded from businesses and now are also affecting individuals.

Why? Most businesses took an active role in developing better data backup solutions, so even if one of their computers or servers was taken “hostage” they didn’t have to worry about paying the ransom. Instead, they already had a backup in place.

Secondly, you might be surprised by how many people’s personal devices including their computers, smartphones, and tablets are not that secure. Let alone the wireless routers they use in their homes. For hackers, it is easy for them to hack into a person’s home network and upload the ransomware onto different devices.

Once it is loaded and activated, the individual either has to pay the ransom or risk losing all of their data. Unfortunately, most people panic when their data is taken, hostage. They have family photos, personal financial information, and other such important data on their devices. They believe their only option is to pay the ransom to the hacker.

How Individuals Can Protect Themselves from Ransomware Attacks

People need to become more proactive about backing up the data on their devices daily. Then, they wouldn’t have to worry if their data was taken “hostage.”  In addition to the daily backups of all their devices, people also need to increase the security of their home networks.

Any type of device that connects to the Internet and through your home’s router needs to have security features enabled. Don’t forget about your smart TV, smart thermostat, and other “Internet of Things” devices you have upgraded around the home.

In the event, your data is taken “hostage” and you do not have a data backup, depending on the type of ransomware on the device, data recovery experts might be able to help. Certain varieties of ransomware have been around for a while now, so cracking through them to regain access to the data is now possible.

However, you should never rely entirely on data recovery experts. The processes can be tedious and complex. Plus, data recovery software engineers cannot guarantee the outcomes and whether they will be able to regain access to the infected files and data.

If your device has been taken “hostage,” before you pay the ransom, you will want to see if data recovery is a viable solution. Please feel free to contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) for further details and assistance today!

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