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No popcorn time ransomware conceptRansomware is nothing new, and your managed IT services provider in Houston has probably already given you some advice on how to avoid this new level of hacker attack. If you’re not already aware, ransomware involves a hacker getting access to your system by tricking you into downloading an infected file. Once they have control, they hijack your data and demand money in exchange for giving back your information. This can be devastating for businesses that have private client or health information on their computers and still be incredibly damaging for those businesses that need their data to perform day-to-day business operations. The latest form of ransomware takes this to a new level. Dubbed “Popcorn Time,” this ransomware starts out the traditional way, but then gives the infected user a chance to get their data back for free if they ‘refer’ two of their friends. This malicious attack not only hurts businesses, but it also hurts friendships and associate relations. Here are some tips on how to defend against it:

Have a Policy in Place for Your Employees

Have your managed IT services provider in Houston help you develop a policy that clearly tells your employees what they can and can’t download on their devices that are work-related. Hackers cannot deliver ransomware unless the user allows them to, and educating your team on dangerous downloads is very important. If your team uses a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system, the policy will also need to apply to their personal smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Have a Reputable Cyber Security System in Place

No matter how good you are at training your team, mistakes will still happen. Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated about disguising downloads. While you can limit your exposure by having a clear policy in place, you still need a back-up plan. Your IT team can recommend the most up-to-date and effective software to help combat any infected downloads. Because hackers are constantly changing their methods, the software to fight it is constantly changing as well. A good IT team will keep up on the changes and be able to install the most effective protection.

Have All of Your Files Backed Up Remotely

When you have all of your data backed up remotely, you take away the ransomware hacker’s leverage. Though it may still be a pain to get your system back up and running and you still run the risk of the hacker leaking the information they’ve stolen, you at least won’t have to deal with lost information. Make sure you have all of your data backed up to the cloud or to an off-site server that’s not connected to your main system.

A ransomware attack can be incredibly damaging, and your managed IT services provider in Houston can help you put measures in place to prevent attacks and to mitigate them should they happen. A good IT team will also know when new versions such as Popcorn Time emerge and how to alter security measures to account for them. We at HoustonTech can guarantee that you won’t have to worry about Popcorn Time and other ransomware ever. If you have questions about your company’s IT system or would like more information on our company, contact us and let’s discuss the right solutions for your business.