Frequently Asked Question

How can I protect myself against ransomware?
Last Updated a year ago

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on a victim's computer and demands payment in exchange for a decryption key that can unlock the files. Ransomware attacks are often delivered via phishing emails or through unpatched software vulnerabilities.

Here are some tips to protect yourself against ransomware:

  1. Keep your software up-to-date: Keep your software, including your operating system and antivirus software, up-to-date with the latest security patches to protect against known vulnerabilities that ransomware attackers could exploit.
  2. Use antivirus software: Install and regularly update antivirus software to help detect and remove ransomware and other malware. With AMS Firstcall, you have a managed anti-virus already installed and actively monitoring for threats.
  3. Backup your files: Backup your important files regularly and store them in a secure location, such as an external hard drive or cloud storage service. This can help you recover your files in the event of a ransomware attack. AMS backup services can provide off-site and cloud redundant backups of the files on your PC(s) as well as your business critical Counterpoint system data.
  4. Be cautious of suspicious emails and links: Be wary of unsolicited emails and links, especially those that ask you to click on a link or provide sensitive information. If you are unsure whether an email is legitimate, contact the sender directly to verify its authenticity.
  5. Use a reputable ad blocker: Use a reputable ad blocker in your browser to prevent malicious advertisements that may contain ransomware from appearing.
  6. Enable pop-up blockers: Enable pop-up blockers in your browser to prevent pop-up windows that may contain ransomware from appearing.
By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of ransomware infections and protect your important files from being encrypted and held for ransom.

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