Ransomware is now targeting WordPress websites, so if you have a site that’s been built with WordPress, this post is for you.
Ransomware encrypts all your website’s files using strong and unbreakable encryption, then the attackers ask you to pay them to decrypt your files. They usually ask for payment by Bitcoin, although paying doesn’t unlock the files anyway.
There are ways to protect your site from being compromised by Ransomware. For example, if you are running the Wordfence Premium or Wordfence free plugin on your website, you are currently protected against this attack.
It should go without saying that it’s essential that you have up-to-date backups of your web files, so that in the event of an attack you can restore your site to a previous version.
DO NOT store your backups on the same server as your website, as they will also be encrypted in an attack so restoration would be useless.
Remember that restoration from a backup is the last defence anyway, as prevention is better than cure.