As wondrous and helpful as technology has been for the entire world over the past few decades, there are always going to be troubles and downsides to it. One of the most prominent downsides to the world becoming more reliant on technology is that when a cyberattack happens, it can become all the more devastating for a business, especially ones that have the majority of their sensitive data stored online. There are many different ways that a business can fall under a cyberattack, but one of the most damaging things that can happen is getting infected with ransomware. As the name might suggest, this virus will hold all of the system’s data for “ransom,” usually asking for a fair amount of money in Bitcoin within a certain timeframe. If the money is not paid, the data is completely lost and often unusable during this time. The only way to get rid of this virus once infected is to pay it, and this is an expense that no business wants to pay. Because of this, it is all the more important for businesses to know how to avoid it, and all other malware. 

1. Have An Antivirus Or Firewall

The first and most important step that a business should take toward being safe from these attacks is to have a reliable antivirus system. While the default antivirus that most computers come with is enough for the casual user, businesses can benefit from a more extensive and comprehensive antivirus to ensure that everything the computer touches is safe and will not cause harm to the files. It can take some time to find an antivirus system that works for a business, but it will be well worth it in the end. This is arguably the most important line of defence against cyberattacks. The same applies to setting up a good firewall. 

2. Have A Mail Scanner System

Another important way to protect systems from ransomware is to have a program that scans all of the emails that employees of the business receive. Chances are that in one of the spam folders of the employees’ inboxes, there are more than a few emails that contain some form of malware. A tired, unsuspecting employee could one day open one of these programs up, potentially infecting the entire business of computers in the process, depending on how deep the virus goes. Having a mail scanner system will significantly cut down on having this occurrence happen. 

3. Keep Systems Updated

As technology evolves over time, more loopholes and weaknesses in security become discovered. When this happens, it creates vulnerabilities in the system that hackers can get into and malware programs can exploit. By keeping the business’s systems all up-to-date with their latest versions, a company can ensure that they are doing everything possible to keep these loopholes from affecting the business. If updating immediately isn’t always an option, a business could consider having weekly update periods during low-traffic hours to minimize any potential loss.

4. Keep Employees Educated

The best way to avoid any sort of malware attack is to ensure that all of the employees of the business know how to spot programs that might not be up to any good. For instance, any attached file in an email that is not from a known colleague is likely something that shouldn’t be opened. Clicking on ads is another common cause for malware on a computer. By making sure that employees know the best way to avoid getting their systems infected, a business can stay as safe as possible, especially with the previous measures being applied.