Ransomware Infection: What to do if you get one
By this point in time, it’s likely you have or know someone that’s had to deal with a ransomware infection of some kind. We also know; ransomware isn’t about to go anywhere.
But do you know what to do to limit the damage?
Most people assume ransomware only infects computers and laptops. However it is actually more inclusive as tablets, mobile phones, TV’s and fridges can all theoretically be infected.
Simple rule. If it’s possible to connect the device to the Internet; it’s capable of being victim of a ransomware infection.
What should you do if you encounter a ransomware infection?
Disconnect your device from everything!
The best way to prevent the ransomware from spreading is to place an air-gap between it and the entire network. Disconnect the infected devices from all networks (wired, WiFi or even Bluetooth).
Since ransomware infections are capable of infecting network devices, and even sometimes focus on backup repositories – it’s vital that there isn’t any way for it to spread.
Nuke the infected devices
Don’t risk it by trying to salvage anything. It’s best to begin wiping everything. Evidently; this removes any chance of any residual effects from the ransomware infection sticking around!
Recover from backup
If you’re performing backups correctly; then it is more than likely you can use these to get your data back. The most efficient way is to perform a bare metal recovery of your systems. If you’ve nuked the device then you will be back up and running quickly with a bare metal recovery (instead of installing the operating system; then restoring all your files back).
Test My Backups has a wealth of knowledge to counter ransomware attacks. Signing up for a Managed Backup Service through us; you’ll be able to relax knowing that your backup strategy is based upon leading and current best practices.
As a bit of added info…should you pay the ransom?
We’re not huge fans of criminal activity. Also many experts agree that paying the ransom is a bad idea as it just encourages more larger attacks moving forward. Lack of delivery has also become a likely outcome as the malware bandits become more and more tardy with providing decryption tools to those who have paid up.
This is why we’re against paying anyone for our data back!
Have you been victim of a ransomware infection? How’d you go about limiting it’s damage? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!