The first thing to do in ransomware prevention is to recognize the different types of ransomware you can be hit with. There are two types of ransomware: the crypto and locker ransomware. The Crypto Ransomware is as simple as weaponizing strong encryption against victims to deny them access to those files. Once this type of ransomware infiltrates the victim’s device, the malware silently identifies and encrypts valuable files. While the Locker Ransomware. ice, also known as computer locker, doesn’t encrypt files but instead it denies access to the device. This locks the devices user interface and then demands the victim for the ransom, and also it leaves the victim with very few capabilities such as allowing the victim just to communicate with the attacker and to pay the ransom.
To do ransomware prevention is to invest in cybersecurity. Start with an antivirus with active monitoring and layer on other applications that are specifically designed to prevent advanced malware attacks such as ransomware. Next is, you need to create secure backups of your data on a regular basis. You can save it in flash drives or external hard drives, but make sure to physically disconnect the devices after backing up, otherwise the device may be infected too by the ransomware. Lastly, stay informed. Social engineering is one of the common ways that computers are infected with ransomware. Educate yourself on how to detect phishing campaigns, suspicious websites and other scams.