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How can managed IT services help you avoid Cryptolocker catastrophes?

If you already invest in managed IT services for your business, then you don’t need to worry about Cryptolocker Ransomware. On the other hand, if you aren’t making use of professional IT support in Brisbane, then you might become one of the 60% of businesses who close their doors following one of these vicious online attacks.

Cryptolocker Ransomware is a malicious virus that locks up your data and files, holding it to ransom with payment demanded in Bitcoins. For those who don’t pay, they no longer have access to their valuable data, which as mentioned above, forces the majority to the wall.

Protecting your business against this type of online attack should be one of your priorities, particularly when they are so prevalent in Australia and even in Brisbane. IT support is the best way to ensure that your business is safe from these attacks, but what can you do if your business isn’t protected by managed IT services?

Three steps for protecting against Cryptolocker

First of all, you need to backup all of your data and files regularly. This is a vital step in recovering from any ransomware attack and obviously won’t prevent an attack, but will help you to recover quickly following an attack. These backups need to be made every single day, so that if you do lose access to your data, you have a copy that is up-to-date, and have only lost at the most a day’s work. Professional IT support in Brisbane will backup all of your systems on a daily basis.

You need to be aware that you will need to store your backups on an external drive or a service that is not mapped to your computer and is disconnected when the backup is completed. This is because Cryptolocker will infect any computers or devices connected to your computer, including a USB, external drive and even the cloud. Managed IT services will ensure that your data and files are stored securely for easy retrieval in the case of an emergency.

Second, you and your staff need to be on point and be fully aware of the dangers of opening unknown emails and zipped files. Third, you need to update and patch your software on a regular basis, enabling automatic updates where possible. If you can’t enable automatic updates, always go to the manufacturer’s website for your manual updates, as Cryptolocker has even disguised itself as a software update, fooling employees into opening and downloading their virus.

Of course, your best option is to engage a company that specialises in IT support in Brisbane, so that you don’t have to worry about losing all of your data and files.

Why not book a free consultation with the team at Capital IT Solutions and find out why we are the leading providers of IT support in Brisbane?