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Enhanced Ransomware Protection for Businesses

How to protect you or your companies Computers, Laptops and Servers from a Ransomware encryption attack. …. part 2

We covered the 5 basic points of Ransomware protection in the original post. This post provides options that Businesses can employ to further protect their organisations from a Ransomware Attack

The majority of Ransomware attacks are initiated by someone opening an e-mail and clicking on a link, picture, text or opening a mail attachment.

Anti Virus programs may identify and neutralise suspicious attachments but they are not so good at identifying dangerous emails.

The best anti-spam, anti-phishing and identity-theft protection comes from Microsoft in the form of Microsoft Hosted Exchange.

Many Anti-Virus packages claim to be able to neutralise suspicious emails when they get to your inbox, whereas Microsoft Hosted Exchange removes and netralises viruses and spam emails at the mail exchange which means those emails never even make it to your computer’s inbox.

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Hosted Exchange is a feature of the Business versions of Office 365. Individuals and small businesses may well be using Office 365 “Personal” or “Home” versions. These provide Outlook, Word, Excel etc to 1 or 5 devices but DO NOT provide a hosted mailbox. Even though you maybe using Outlook to receive and send mail, the mail is probably coming from a mailbox provided by your ISP (iinet, westnet, bigpond, gmail, hotmail or your own website host such as GoDaddy, crazy domains etc.) 

For companies already using Business versions of Office 365. They will need to upgrade their subscription to :

office 365 e3

Office 365 Enterprise (Plan E3)

 A$32.01 / user / month

Ideal For

  • Businesses that need full productivity and collaboration


  • Exchange Online (Plan 2) – 100GB mailbox
  • SharePoint Online (Plan 2)
  • Skype™ for Business Online (formerly Lync™ Online) (Plan 2)
  • Office Online (Plan 2)
  • Office 365 ProPlus

The IT Guys (WA) are a Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Solutions Provider. Come and talk to us on how we can use our expertise to get you into the Correct version of Office 365/Microsoft Hosted Exchange to ensure that Ransomware emails never even reach your organisation.

Further reading

How to protect yourself from a Ransomware attack

Virus Alert – WannaCry Ransomware

CRYPTOLOCKER virus still going strong. 3 more clients infected today?

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