RansomWhere? Uses Common Sense To Defeat Ransomware
Lately I’ve received a lot of questions about PV versus Mac. I always come down on the Mac side. Now…some PC zealots are quick to point out that Macs can get viruses, and malware, and have bad things happen to them. And shockingly – they’re right. To a point.
Macs do get attacked, but at a rate that is significantly less than Windows. And the answer is simple. There are more PC’s than Macs in the world. There’s also another answer is how Apple controls the entire process from hardware to software. That might frustrate some – but it’s a blessing to others.
As it relates to ransomware, Macs are not as frequent a target. But they are a target. And the best time to buy an umbrella is before it rains. So let’s buy that umbrella now, and do a quick review of RansomWhere? from Objective-See. (This is a free program. I am not endorsing anything – although I am using it.)
What is RansomWhere?
RansomWhere? is a common sense approach to defeating ransomware. The objective of malicious ransomware attacks is to encrypt all your files, hold them hostage, and demand a ransom. (Click HERE for a previous article I wrote on ransomware.)
What I like about the approach the author of the program has taken is to use common sense. Since ransomware encrypts files, RansomWhere? looks for any malicious or unauthorized processes that are encrypting your files. Simple. Straightforward. Not a lot of fluff. He calls it ‘generic ransomware detection’. And it’s free. Yes – free. Did I mention it’s free?
This is not about how to install RansomWhere? (you can find that HERE on the download page). Rather, this is about the philosophy of protection. Moving to the behavior of the bad activity as opposed to a specific signature. That’s why a lot of anti-virus programs fail. There are over 1 million new variants a day! How in tarnation do you keep up with all of that?
Behavior versus Signatures
This is the simplicity of RansomWhere?. It looks at the behavior of the malicious program – not the fingerprint of it. For example, let’s say Hannibal Lecter wanted to come into your secure area. (Yeah – I know. Weird, huh? Like why would Hannibal Lecter want to hang out with all these live human beings – right?)
To get into your secure area, Lecter had to provide his fingerprint. You scan that print and see it’s all clear! “Welcome Mr. Lecter” you say. Even when all the screaming starts coming from the office, you say “It’s okay, folks. Mr. Lecter wasn’t in our ‘bad people’ system.”
Instead, let’s say Mr. Lecter walks up. Instead of letting him in right away, you watch him in the lobby of your highly secure office. You see him sizing up a couple of tasty morsels. The minute he makes his move, you pounce, arrest Mr. Lecter and return him back to his prison cell.
Which approach makes you feel more secure?
RansomWhere? is so easy to install, and it provides at least a start against ransomware. That’s why it’s best to buy that umbrella before it rains.
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