Well, I have been gone from the forum for a couple of months. I was just focusing on year-end stuff with my clients going into December. But I thought I would have my usual downtime after the 1st. And I was totally wrong. On the 2nd of January, my biggest client was attacked via ransomware. The hacker got into their network using remote access. He infected over three million files with a variant of Dharma. It corrupted everything. Their snapshots, their backup systems. Thank God it didn't corrupt their virtual environment or their email system. Without those two pillars they would have lost their entire company. Over 600 people would have been out of work.
I don't know if you guys know much about ransomware. Most at GaG seem to be blissfully ignorant about technology/science topics. But it is nothing to play around with. This client of course, played around with it. This was their third ransomware breach. And they simply did not address the issues they had with email and remote access.
They have had a bad email policy going back years. They should have banned free or private email usage on their computers long ago. They have a good virus scanner, but virus scanners can only protect against known threats. They also had a lousy remote access policy. They should have been using multifactor authentication years ago. But corporate folks are stupid. They are always trying to cut corners. Most of the time it is great for me, because I get to charge overtime/doubletime etc. But it isn't a good situation if the company almost goes under because of a silly ransomware breach.
For people just trying to protect their private computers, you have to stop thinking that you can protect yourself and just assume you are going to get hacked or breached at some point. So save all your critical data to usb drives or in the cloud. And when you get breached, just rebuild your computer from your OS/manufacturer installation and reinstall all your stuff. The OS, programs, games can be replaced. But your valuable data, your documents, images, photos, etc. cannot.