But what about your car? With more automobiles being hooked up to the web, there is a potential for cybercriminals to find a way to force you to pay up when all you want to do is drive out.
“Symantec has already seen cars being hacked and taken over remotely,” said Shaw, “[and] people are beginning to use more and more home automation systems with remote controls these could all present great opportunities for cybercriminals to expand the horizon for ransomware.”
Now there are some solutions to this, though some are obviously more tongue-in-cheek than others.
For instance, you could go live in a cave somewhere, looking for the abominable snowman who apparently makes wicked snow cones.
This isn’t a realistic response, mind you, since living a life in a cave away from electronics and communications is akin to burying your head in the sand and hoping it all goes away.
Rather, the obvious solution is education — reading articles like this and staying on top of what security concerns there are — followed by keeping your devices secure with internet security applications, the latter of which can take much of the guesswork from errant and bogus installations from your fingers and make your computer, phone, and anything else you’ll be using that connects to the internet just that much safer.
With security software, your connected devices are essentially under control, and while we’d still suggest learning to be helpful, having a frequently updated app to monitor what goes in and out of your life is very much a necessary part of the equation.
“Security software on the endpoint plays a significant role in reducing the risk of ransomware infection,” said Shaw, telling GadgetGuy that it is imperative to “ensure that you’re using reputable security software that leverages enhanced detection capabilities that can detect both known and unknown malware”.
Backing up is also going to be hugely important, and while it should be practiced today to make sure data is secure in case of a storage failure, having critical files backed up is important if you ever have to deal with ransomware.
With this solution, instead of succumbing to paying a ransom, you just write off the files, quarantine and delete the malware, and replace the files with ones you’ve already backed up.
Regardless of what you do, these techniques are useful for a more secure digital presence, and so making sure you’re backing up those necessary bits and pieces both to an online solution (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc) and offline drive (external storage), while also keeping a security solution up-to-date, paid, and in place, as that will at least help you ward off any of these problems, especially as they grow.