March 31st is World Backup Day. This is a time to reflect on backing up your most critical files so that you and your company do not suffer from data loss. But there is an increasingly important reason in addition to disaster recovery that you should be backing up your files – to thwart Ransomware.
Ransomware is when malware has gotten onto your laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone and encrypted your files, thus blocking your access to your files. The extortionists then tell you that the only way you can get your files back is if you pay a ransom. Their currency of choice is Bitcoin since it is digital, anonymous and not easily traced. The combination of Bitcoin and Ransomware has made this practice very lucrative and popular for the bad guys.
Like a virus, variants of ransomware malware are morphing into more and more prevalent strains including Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, and TorrentLocker. While you should use anti-malware software to protect your files, the reality is that the bad guys are always one step ahead of the anti-malware vendors when there is a profit to be made.
The surest way to stop the epidemic of Ransomware is to cut off the money. The surest way to cut off the money is to prevent companies and users from needing to pay the ransom. And the only reason you would need to pay the ransom is because you don’t have a recent, clean backup of your files.
When looking for an anti-ransomware backup solution, keep the following in mind:
– Backup continuously: You need a relatively current backup of your files, but should also be able to go back to a pre-infected version of the files
– Backup offsite: you should backup in a public or private cloud that is not infected by the malware
– Backup securely: you don’t want to trade one vulnerability for another one. Use highly secure, encrypted backup where only your company or the end user can get access to the files.
For World Backup Day, ensure that you don’t feel like a fool on April 1st because you allowed yourself to become the victim of Ransomware. To learn more about how Datacastle RED can thwart paying a ransom to get your files back, go to http://www.datacastlered.com.