SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- BoldCloud, a cybersecurity advisor, is supporting Cybersecurity Awareness Month by offering key security tips and tools businesses can share with their employees so they don't get tricked by the latest ransomware scams.
"With October being Cybersecurity Awareness month, it's a good reminder that we all need to stay current with the latest ransomware scams so we don't fall victim to cybercriminals who are looking to profit at our expense," said Marcus Chung, CEO, BoldCloud. "Every person, from the newest employee to the CEO, can either strengthen or weaken an organization's security posture. To help IT educate their users on how to avoid ransomware threats whether at home or on the job, we are offering a list of security best practices everyone should follow."
Many people worry about hackers stealing data and selling it on the dark web. But today, one of the easiest cyber assaults is ransomware, which is quickly becoming a favorite attack for cybercriminals. All it takes is one wrong click. Then without warning, hackers can lock down a computer to make all files including important data and irreplaceable documents inaccessible unless a ransom is paid.
Nationwide, household brands like COSCO and FedEx, local governments from Atlanta to Alaska and most recently North Carolina water utility ONWASA have fallen victim to ransomware. With ransomware attacks up by 229% in 2018 (according to Sonic Wall), IT teams need to pair the latest technologies with user education to protect against Fully UnDetectable (FUD) threats that were conceived by cybercriminals to specifically evade antivirus and anti-ransomware solutions and harm data.
To support cybersecurity awareness, BoldCloud offers the following tips and bonus treats which every computer user should follow:
- Tip: Make sure you have a trusted antivirus or anti-malware software installed on all of your computers and mobile devices.
Treat: Eset, Avast, and Malwarebytes all offer highly rated antivirus and anti-malware products for home users and businesses.
- Tip: Keep all of your wireless and personal account passwords safe, unique and managed with a password management tool.
Treat: LastPass and Roboform are two very popular password management tools that can help generate, protect and manage all your business and personal passwords.
- Tip: Backup your files regularly to an external hard drive that is not connected to the Internet.
Treat: Programs like Macrium, Novastor and Acronis also provide you with a convenient and safe way to backup frequently used files to the cloud (via encrypted backups).
- Tip: Never open suspicious email attachments or links.
Treat: Check out the email security tools offered by Zerospam or Mailwasher Free for home users.
- Tip Use Mirror Shielding technology as a failsafe data protection measure, in case things go wrong.
Treat: NeuShield offers a free version of its product for home users and trial versions for businesses. Their Mirror Shielding technology makes an attacker believe he or she has taken control of a computer's data files, but the attacker is seeing a mirror image of the system and does not have actual possession of the data. If a user does receive a ransom demand, it only takes a single click to revert back to the original files.
Other helpful hints: If you receive a ransomware popup or message on your device alerting you to an infection, immediately disconnect from the Internet to avoid any additional infections or data losses. Alert your local law enforcement personnel and file a complaint at www.IC3.gov. If you have NeuShield Data Sentinel installed, you can use the software's one-click restore capabilities to quickly regain access to your computer, files and data without additional backups or downtime.
BoldCloud is the cybersecurity advisor that businesses and consumers trust to help them stop cyberthreats and close security gaps. With its patent-pending Mirror Shielding technology, NeuShield provides the only simple, reliable and budget-friendly way to revert digital files and devices to their pre-attack state when other malware defenses, like antivirus and anti-ransomware, fail. Together BoldCloud and NeuShield are delivering the expert knowledge and innovations people worldwide need to protect their files and devices when things go wrong. For additional information, visit boldcloud.com.
Lorraine Kauffman-Hall, for BoldCloud, 980-237-7081, [email protected]