Saturday, February 20, 2016

Protecting Against Ransomware

If you are reading this post it is most likely (Hopefully not!) that it is already too late and you are already infected….:(

So how do you protect against “Ransomware”?

Well the short answer is no matter what measures you take there is no fool proof way of protecting yourself against this infection, or any infection for that matter. However there is one fool proof way to ensure you can recover from it…

In order to recover from a “Ransomware” infection you need to ensure you have a 3-2-1 backup rule in place.

The 3-2-1 backup rule consists of the following:

·         You need at least three FULL copies of your backup.
o   BEWARE of the “One full backup” and “incremental backups forever” pitfall here that is present in many backup software platforms. There is nothing wrong with this method but you must remember to schedule or manually export a full copy preferably once per week.

·         You need at least two copies of your backup In two different formats.
o   There is nothing worse than trying to recover from a backup to find out it is useless…

·         One of those copies needs to be stored off-site. (MINIMUM OFFLINE!)
o   In the case of protecting against Crypto Locker it is advantageous to store a copy off site and I highly recommend you do this. If you use SkyDrive, Google Drive, or Drobox and you keep all of your files in these containers, you are already doing this. However you should ALWAYS retain at least one copy on your own storage device.
o   An external USB hard drive works well for this.
o   What is MOST CRITICAL is that the offsite copy or any one or two onsite copy’s are KEPT OFFLINE!

There are several ways to accomplish the above, and several software packages that can help you here. However setting something up to comply with the above and be able to “Set it and Forget it” is another matter entirely… What you need is a “CrashPlan”. J *Cougfh* Hint *Cougfh*.

Over the years, and out of necessity; I have developed a plan, and set of software and proprietary standard operating procedures that work harmoniously to accomplish the above tasks. This service is autonomous once properly set up, If you would like to learn more about this service and how you can protect yourself or your business against the “Ransomware” phenomenon please contact me.

Registered Charitable organizations in the Simcoe, Georgian Bay area may gain access to this information for free. Please contact me! J..

Jonathan Keller