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

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