Category Archives: Encryption

How I Protect Myself From Ransomware Theoretically

I have broken down how I have set up a safeguard below, with three steps Prepare, Backup, and Restore.

Prepare: Prepare for when not if you will get ransomware on your device.

Understanding Ransomware is the first step, which is Encryption of your files. And about the only two ways to get that info back is a backup or well a backup. You can just pay the ransom to get the Encryption Key, but then the bad guy has your info and money.

Backup: Backup your data

Now the backup side, so I suggest a good backup. When it comes to backups though all are not equal, so how is the backup done is a big factor. Understanding backups is another subject, but the basic is if you don’t have older backups it is basically like not having a backup at all. Also if your backup is encrypted it will do no good.  My suggestion would be to have a couple of backup chains on a separate drive.

Restore: Restore your data

Now once you can tell you are a victim of Malware (Ransomware) you need to restore the data. Now I have restored a backup with my backup software but some are different. So I can’t give a step by step for yours.

To end this just be prepared, bad guys are wreaking havoc and not just for large systems, you can be hacked also. So do you want to be prepared to get back that picture from your kids or grandkids 1st birthday, or lose it forever?

 

Ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

Encryption – the process of converting information or data into a code, especially to prevent unauthorized access.

Encryption Key – a random string of bits created explicitly for scrambling and unscrambling data.

Malware – software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.