The first iteration of the WannaCry ransomware made an enormous impact on data security all around the world, having infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries. This resulted in millions, if not billions, of dollars in damage for the affected businesses. So, what can you do to protect yourself against the next wave?
- Keep your antivirus software up to date
When it comes to protecting your data, regular antivirus updates are key. However, you should also do a scan every once in a while.
- Be wary when opening email attachments
Did you know that email is still the most common source of infections? Therefore, if you don’t know or don’t trust the sender, don’t open any attachments sent to you via email.
- Be careful which websites you visit
Some of websites may have malicious intent, even if they appear as harmless free online tools. For example, instead of using an online photo editor, invest in some professional software.
- Mind where you store your data
For example, email is not the recommended place to store your financial data. Consider looking into secure cloud options or external hard drives for backups.
- Hire an IT specialist
Taking care of your company’s data security needs is not something you should try to do by yourself, especially if you are not very tech-savvy. While true that hiring a professional is an investment, the money you decide to spend on one is nothing compared to how much you would be forced to spend in the event of a data security breach to remedy the damage.