CryptoLocker Recovery Tips

CryptoLocker Recovery Tips

By Chris Brunau

Like many of the leading ransomware strains today, CryptoLocker is constantly being adapted to avoid detection. In fact, 93 percent of IT service providers report ransomware infiltrating anti-virus and anti-malware software in the past 12 months and 77 percent report it infiltrating email and Spam filters. 

So, let’s say the worst has happened and you are staring CryptoLocker on the screen. To recover, you must be able to restore your data to a point-in-time that is before the attack occurred.

Here’s the bottom line. It is essential to deploy a modern backup and recovery solution to protect your critical data, files and folders. Taking proper backups is the best way to ensure you’ll recover files fully and quickly without paying ransom or suffering from downtime

Here are the basics to CryptoLocker recovery:

  • Take independent backups that store files on an alternate system;

  • Set up and stick to a regular backup schedule;

  • Choose a backup solution that takes backups periodically throughout the day to minimize data loss;

  • Choose a backup solution that offers fast restore times to minimize application downtime;

  • If you rely on cloud-based offerings such as Office 365 or Google Apps, invest in an industry-leading cloud-to-cloud backup solution; and

  • Use a ransomware removal tool to be sure your systems are clean before restoring data.

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