You may be wondering how you can avoid a disaster like CryptoLocker, and today we’ll tell you how other business figured it out the hard way in 2013 when it first started attacking networks.

As it turns out, backing up your data and having a restoration point are the only ways to make sure you don’t get hit by this demon of ransomware. It’s also the only way you’ll get your files back.

What else can be done to help you avoid this tragic malware?

Today, we’ll share with you some valuable insights on how this IT nightmare is being quelled, and what you can do when the online extortionist behind it demands your money to get your files back using CryptoLocker.

Protecting Yourself Against CryptoLocker

You may be wondering if there is something you can do to avoid getting these offer malware programs without hiring expert engineers to give your network a once over. There are many things you can do right now before we ever take a peek into your system.

1. Regular updates. Updates just aren’t for software, but they are for hardware and viruses too. Make sure you update your system regularly to avoid any loopholes that hackers can get into. Also be sure to backup data and store in unconnected storage.

2. Invest in virus prevention. Did you know that adding virus prevention is a big step for most small businesses? Many businesses don’t see the need to purchase this type of prevention, but it’s needed more than ever. Be sure to take a look at CryptoLocker prevention kits.

3. NEVER open attachments from unknown sources. Did you know that the worse thing you could do is open attachments from someone you don’t know? Never open an email that you don’t recognize. It’s most likely filled with a virus.

4. The cloud. Moving data to cloud storage is always a great idea. Don’t underestimate the headaches it could save you to keep data offsite.

 5. Note hidden file extensions. Did you know that most files are noted as .EXE or .PDF? If you re-enable these files to be seen with their extensions, this means that it could be easier to spot suspicious files in a Window’s operating system. Wouldn’t you rather be able to find unwanted files right away?

6. Disable any files that are running from a location in APP files.  Applications take up a lot of space and energy, and any files that are attached to them could cause problems. If you have legitimate files running you want to be able to see them. If they are attached to applications disable them.

7. Get a CryptoLocker prevention kit. There are prevention kits available to help with this. This can help to create what is known as a group policy that will disable files running from your APPdata and LocalAPPdata folders. As always, make sure that any tools you are using are updated to the latest version.

There are still more ways to protect yourself, and California Computer Services can help. Please CONTACT US today to learn more about how we can help you stand up against CryptoLocker.

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