With 37% of organizations admitting having been hit by an attack in the last year, ransomware continues to be a top cyber threat. Here is a list of best practices to help defend against ransomware attacks.

Don’t enable macros

For document attachments received via email, don’t enable macros. Microsoft deliberately turned off auto-execution of macros by default many years ago as a security measure. A lot of infections rely on persuading you to turn macros back on, so don’t do it?

Monitor admin rights

Constantly review admin and domains admin rights. Don’t stay logged in as an administrator any longer than is strictly necessary and avoid browsing, opening documents, or other regular work activities while you have administrator rights.

Open JaveScript (.js) files in Notepad

Opening a JavaScript file in Notepad blocks it from running any malicious scripts and allows you to examine the file contents.

Regulate external network access

Don’t leave ports exposed to the world. Lock down you organization’s RDP access and other management protocols, and use two-factor authentication.

Enable file extensions

Easily spot file types that wouldn’t commonly be sent to you and your users, such as javaScript.

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