Ransomware is now the biggest cyber security threat that global community is facing. In 2016, there has been a constant flow of new ransomware families popping up like locky ransomware and etc. according to Kaspersky’s quarter 1 report of 2016 ; security experts have detected 2900 new ransomware malware modifications. That targeted 372602 users with encryptors.

Ransomware are evolving and affecting many users, you can be its new target. We can protect ourselves from these attacks by adopting some easy tips.

Install Latest Patches

Zero-day vulnerabilities across major vendors are the main reason that attracts attacker to exploit and harm the users. An application provided by major vendors like Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle are widely used by many in cooperating sectors on a daily basis. That must be patched and updated regularly to overcome this issue. Through exploiting kits, the attacker exploits user easily. The more your application is outdated, the more chances are there that exploit might work and infect you with ransomware.

Use Network Protection

As network connection is the main medium of communication across the organization, it must be protected and all the communication being carried should be monitored to prevent any attack. Protective network layer, complete monitoring based on machine learning and behavioral analysis should be adopted by companies to analyze both email and web traffic is the only way to prevent these attacks.

Comprehensive Endpoint Security Solution

Zero day vulnerabilities are hard to catch, for that behavioral detection approach should be adopted. The signature based approach is not effective for finding such vulnerabilities, making system insecure in such cases. New advanced endpoint security solution should be used in order to address this aspect of securing systems from zero day vulnerability and other modified exploits.

Manage Windows user Access Control

Windows has added a security feature to help you stay in control of your computer by informing you when a program makes a change that requires administrator-level permission. Always turn on your windows access control so that for every change you made intentionally or change request from suspicious application should be halted until administrative permission is granted.

Think Before You Click

There are many attackers spreading Phishing pages and Spam emails in a more attractive way that tends victim to click on their links in a curiosity to explore something or to avail any discount offer or something regarding their bank accounts. A simple click on a malicious link can destroy your privacy and steal your data so you must think enough before clicking on a link. Think about the source of the link and the environment where you are accessing that link.

Block Popups

Popups are widely used by attacker to spread malicious software and links to a large number of audiences in less time. Popups are more likely to be clicked by users due to its responsive and attractive theme and contents. So whenever you are doing critical task like office work or bank transactions, you must block popups as they may be consisted malicious links. You can secure yourselves by blocking popups as they are suspicious of any kind of user to prevent any ransomware incident.

Use Security Content

We can never be able to stop people from clicking on malicious links and being tricked to into visiting Phishing pages. That single click can originate malicious file to the system that work as a worm, which further can be used to encrypt files and a demand of ransom. So it’s critical to have great content so you can detect such threats before it becomes a problem.

Although, you can’t stop an attacker spreading malicious files, but you can surely prevent yourself being affected by such suspicious activities by following these simple tips and secure yourself and your business like never before.