Ransomware attacks are some of the most dangerous attacks to ever strike someone. These attacks not only steal data, but also encrypt password it so the rightful owner cannot access their systems. Ransomware attacks are difficult to deal with. One way to properly deal with such attacks is through cloud security. Here is a brief introduction on the dangers of ransomware and then how to use cloud security to prevent these types of attacks:
What are ransomware attacks?
Ransomware attacks are system intrusions dealt to the user so the perpetrator can extract a ransom to return access. This ransom is usually in the form of cash. In layman terms, the hacker encrypts the user’s data behind a unique encryption. Then they send the owner a message to send a sum of ransom by a fixed period of time or suffer permanently losing data.
Here are a few ways ransomware attacks can sneak in through:
- Phishing spam – the most common and obvious way that are through phishing websites or emails that claim to provide users with benefits they cannot refuse.
- Free, pirated applications – many pirated applications that people download from torrent websites are infected with malware and harmful code that can turn into large issues.
- Pornography websites – websites that claim to have free or ‘exclusive’ pornography are infested with malware that can get in through the browser. This malware may be in the sort of a ‘special plugin’ or a ‘download this to play the video’.
How to use cloud security to prevent ransomware attacks:
Cloud security is a very useful tool in protecting against cyber intrusion attempt. Here are some ways you can use cloud security to prevent ransomware attacks:
Cloud security is online protection
The most popular medium of ransomware attacks is through online websites or platforms like torrents. Therefore, it is only viable that you develop security that can protect against such online attacks. A security that is aimed directly at online security can help protect against online damage, after all. Cloud security is security for the web and is your most cost effective line of defense.
Cloud security actively scans online content
Cloud security not only provides protection against anything you download, but it also actively scans online content that you are browsing through. The best cloud security products can prevent the user from even starting the download – or even prevent the user from accessing a malicious website that would otherwise harm the computer system.
Some cloud security platforms provide cloud storage too
A good way to protect your data against corruption that ransomware attacks can do is to backup such data on the cloud. Backed up data is technically protected from ransomware attacks as long as the backup does not contain any infected file. Even if you get infected by a ransomware attack while using cloud security, you can always use cloud storage to restore your previous data without having to deal with removing the ransomware otherwise from your computer.
Teach users to steer clear of bad websites
Many cloud security services subscribe users to a monthly or weekly article service that allows them to teach users how to not visit suspicious websites and risk getting their data exposed to ransomware attacks. Prevention is always better than cure, and more than 95% of all ransomware attacks could have been prevented if the user knew not to get themselves involved in suspicious websites or platforms in the first place.
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We hope that this small article on the importance of cloud security for protection against ransomware attacks has helped you find how important it is to protect your data against suspicious websites and ‘free’ content. Do you have questions that you need answered? Do you need help implement these strategies in your own business? Please feel free to contact us today and we can give you a free assessment of your company’s IT needs.