Ransomeware Attacks and My Best Practices

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ransomware attacks.  That is, when a virus infects your computer and encrypts all your files.  Then, you get a notice that says if you pay a certain amount of money you will get access to your files.  I gather it’s the most common malware out there right now.  You can read more about what ransomware is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware

I’ve recently read multiple consumer articles on how to best protect yourself and I believe most of what I read is just wrong.  Those articles say things like you can recover files that have not been encrypted yet if you catch it early, cloud is a good solution because the ransom ware can not infect the cloud.  I call BS on that.

I assume ransomware is going to install itself on your computer and lie dormant for months so that all your backups to the cloud will ultimately have unusable data on them.  I also believe ransom ware will go after all your drive shares and if you are backing up to a local hard disk through an unprotected share, that will get targeted also.

Here is what I am doing.

  • I use Acronis and have two backup schemes that both go to NAS (network attached storage).  One uses ftp and the other uses a username password unknown to my normal windows explorer.
  • I use Dropbox and have bought packrat which stores my backup history forever.  I believe that way I always have a backup though it may be very old
  • I run WebRoot virus protection to minimize exposure though I know this does not stop zero day attacks.  I’m hoping it stops most attacks though and since I’m not a huge target to the bad guys this is likely enough.
  • I feel like this is as much as I can do.  HTH’s.

Best Regards in Paranoia, -Peter

About Peter Kellner

Peter is a software professional specializing in mobile and web technologies. He has also been a Microsoft MVP since 2007. In addition, he's a multi-course video author at Pluralsight. To read more about Peter Kellner and his experience click here. For information about how Peter Kellner might be able to help you with your project click here.

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