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Ransomware countermeasures?

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#1 Codaeus


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

I have PC running XP Pro, and intend to install 'Privatefirewall' and 'Panda Free Antivirus' soon. Also will be using a Mikrotik router (hardware firewall). Will this be enough to prevent ransomware attacks, or do I need to install 'Cryptoprevent', and/or other ransomware-specific countermeasures?

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:12 PM

Forced to use Windows XP past April? 10 ways to make the best of a bad situation

...those XP users left out there are wondering what they can possibly do to mitigate their risks as much as possible. The best course of action without a doubt is moving to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, but if you can't or won't make such a bold move, then here's the best of what's left on your plate of options.
#1: Ditch the Free AV - Get a Paid Solution

Security is all about layers and not depending on any one solution, technology or approach to protect yourself from cyber-criminals. The most important layer is you...the first and last line of defense.

The best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware) infections is a comprehensive approach. Make sure you are running an updated anti-virus and anti-malware product, update all vulnerable software, use supplemental security tools with anti-exploitation features capable of stopping (preventing) infection before it can cause any damage, close/disable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) if you do not need it and routinely backup your data...then disconnect the external drive when the backup is completed. If you must use RDP, the best way to secure it is to either whitelist IP's on a firewall or not expose it to the Internet. Put RDP behind a firewall, only allow RDP from local traffic, setup a VPN to the firewall, use an RDP gateway, change the default RDP port (TCP 3389) and enforce strong password policies, especially on any admin accounts or those with RDP privileges.For more suggestions to protect yourself from ransomware infections, see my comments (Post #2) in this topic...Ransomware avoidance...it includes a list of prevention tools.

Also see Answers to common security questions - Best Practices for Safe Computing.
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