Protect yourself against encryption-based ransomware
The risk of malware infection remains on a constant rise with new infections rapidly spreading every hour, every day. Synology addresses this growing malware problem by introducing powerful security measures such as Security Advisor and Qualysguard Security Scan, as well as offering regular security updates to protect users from potential threats. Recently, we have witnessed new encryption-based ransomware targeting personal files and even network-based devices. Below, we will explain how Synology's comprehensive multi-version backup solution can rescue your PC and NAS from malicious attacks.
What is an encryption-based ransomware?
Encryption-based ransomware, such as CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, and TorrentLocker, encrypts files stored on computers, and even network drives. Once infected, you are left with the option to either pay the ransom to regain access to your files or give up all your precious data previously stored on the computer or storage device.
Crucial practices against ransomware attacks on your PC
Avoid suspicious files
Stay on guard and think twice before opening email attachments or clicking files from unknown sources. Watch out for suspicious files with hidden file-extensions such as “.pdf.exe”
Disable remote access
Malware often target computers using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). Keep RDP disabled if you do not require remote access
Multi-version backup, your best weapon against ransomware
- Backup your computer to NAS using Cloud Station Backup
- Backup NAS to cloud
- Backup NAS to expansion units
- Offsite backup to another NAS
Back up your PC data to NAS
Back up NAS data to other destinations
Backing up locally just might not be enough should a more destructive ransomware attack shared folders on your NAS server through accessing file services on your PC. The best way to prevent this is to add another layer of protection by having uninfected backup versions stored in an offsite location. If you fall victim of ransomware, you can still access data stored at different locations.
Hyper Backup lets you enjoy a full range of multi-version backup destinations from local shared folders, expansion units, and external hard drives, to network shared folders, rsync server, and public cloud services.
Hyper Backup also offers solid protection for local backup. You can isolate data from internet threats by configuring your PCs' access privilege to certain shared folders on Synology NAS to further prevent outside forces from accessing critical backup data stored in your NAS shared folder. Learn more about Hyper Backup
Steps to take when discovering ransomware infection
Turn off WiFi or unplug your network cable
Wipe out your system, making sure it is free of infection
Restore your computer using Synology's backup features