Synology NAS: Your Ransomware Defense HQ

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Ransomware Protection with Synology NAS

Last Updated on March 26, 2024

Ready to buckle down on ransomware protection with your Synology NAS? Ransomware attacks are a nightmare for businesses, crippling operations and eating up precious time and money. Synology NAS devices pack a punch against these digital extortionists with their built-in tools. What's even sweeter? Many of these features are completely free, even if you're not using Synology as your main file storage system.

Are you ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of ransomware protection with your trusty Synology NAS?

Prevention is Key: Arm Yourself Against Ransomware

While your Synology NAS packs some serious anti-ransomware punch, the best way to win this fight is to avoid it altogether. Let's bulletproof your defenses with these key strategies:

  • The Patchwork of Protection: Software updates aren't just about new features; they often plug security holes that ransomware loves to exploit. Keep your operating systems (Windows, macOS, etc.) and essential applications patched up like a well-worn quilt.
  • Password Power-Ups: Treat passwords like the keys to your digital kingdom. Make them long, complex, and unique for each account. A password manager can be your trusty sidekick, and don't forget to activate multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever it's an option!
  • Backup Brilliance: Regular, automated backups are your lifeline in any data disaster, including ransomware. Your Synology NAS is ready to be your backup powerhouse. Think of backups like saving your progress in a tough video game – you wouldn't want to start from scratch, would you?

Beyond the Basics:

  • Endpoint Protection Software: Good antivirus and anti-malware tools add another barrier for attackers to break through.
  • User Education: Your employees are your first line of defense. Train them to spot phishing emails and suspicious links.

Remember, prevention is an ongoing process, not a one-time fix. Stay vigilant, and ransomware will have a harder time taking down your business.

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Active Backup for Business: Your Versatile Data Safeguard

Active Backup for Business is like a Swiss army knife for safeguarding your business data. Let's break down what it can do for you:

PC Backup: Rest Easy with Windows (and Some Macs)

Do you have Windows computers across your office? Back them up without breaking a sweat with Active Backup (sorry, Mac users, there is only limited support for you right now). It handles everything – creating copies (no more losing files!), saving different versions, and restoring them in a snap.

Physical Server Backup: Instant Superhero for Windows and Linux

This goes beyond regular backup – think instant transformation! If your Windows or Linux server crashes, Active Backup can beam it back as a virtual machine right on your NAS. Talk about minimal downtime! It's also perfect for testing without disrupting your main setup.

File Server Shield

If you rely on a Windows domain controller or another type of file server, Active Backup's got your back. It effortlessly creates backups you can restore completely or grab single files in a pinch – super handy when someone accidentally deletes a critical document.

Virtual Machine Guardian

  • Do you have virtual machines (VMs) running on Hyper-V or VMware? Keep them safe as houses with Active Backup. It backs them up in a jiffy and helps you swap hypervisors if you ever need a change. That's the kind of flexibility that saves the day!

To get an in-depth understanding, I recommend you watch this video:

Accounting Crisis Averted

It's payroll day. Your accountant is elbows deep in QuickBooks when – disaster! Their computer crashes, taking the essential company file with it. Deadlines loom, and the pressure's on. With Active Backup for Business, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

Here's how the rescue mission unfolds:

  • Panic Stations: Your accountant's eyes widen as the screen goes black. Time is ticking away!
  • NAS to the Rescue: You're on the case, heading straight to Active Backup for Business on your Synology NAS.
  • Back in Time: You locate the most recent QuickBooks company file backup and hit “Restore.”
  • The Wheels Keep Turning: Within minutes, that precious QuickBooks file is back on a new (or even virtualized) computer. Payroll is back on track, and you're the office hero!

Active Backup for Business means no more scrambling and sweating when a critical computer goes down. You're back in business before you can say “tax deductions.”

Active Backup for Google Workspace & Microsoft 365

Most users assume data is automatically safe because it lives in Google Drive or OneDrive. Think again! Active Backup for these cloud platforms adds another layer of bulletproof protection.

Why bother backing up the cloud? Here's the deal:

  • Accidental Deletion: We've all hit that delete button too quickly. Cloud trash cans aren't always foolproof for recovery.
  • Rogue Apps: Third-party apps connected to your accounts can sometimes go haywire, messing with your data.
  • Account Compromise: Even with strong passwords, someone might hijack your account and wreak havoc.

Active Backup for Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 keeps copies of everything: emails, documents, calendars, you name it. You decide how long to keep different versions and can set up portals where you or individual users can restore their stuff.

This isn't just about ransomware – it's about saving you from any data disaster, big or small!

Snapshot Replication Synology

Snapshots & Immutability

Snapshots are like magical time machines for your data. They capture your files at specific moments, letting you travel back in time if something goes haywire – like a ransomware attack. But with Synology's ‘immutable snapshots,' you get superpowers!

Here's how it works:

Regular Snapshots: The Foundation

Think of these as frequent ‘save points' for your shared folders. If someone accidentally deletes a file or a virus starts messing things up, you can rewind the clock with just a few clicks.

Immutability: The Force Field

This kicks your protection up a notch! Immutable snapshots can't be deleted, modified, or tampered with for a set period (usually days or weeks). Even if a hacker gets full admin access to your NAS, they can't access those protected backups.

See immutability in action:

  1. Attack Detected: You notice all your files have weird scrambled names, and a ransom note appears. Yikes!
  2. Roll Back Time: You head straight to the snapshot section in your Synology NAS control panel.
  3. Undo the Damage: You find a snapshot taken just before the attack and hit “restore.” Poof! All your files are back to normal.
  4. Breathe a Sigh of Relief: You just dodged a major financial and operational disaster.

The best part? Restoring from snapshots is super fast! Large files or tiny folders—it takes seconds to reverse the damage.

Important Note: Immutable snapshots give you incredible power, but they also lock up those backups for the chosen period. It's a trade-off between ultimate protection and the flexibility to make immediate changes if needed. Choose your snapshot strategy wisely!


We've covered a lot of ground, and you now have a powerful arsenal of Synology NAS tools at your disposal:

  • Active Backup Suite: A jack-of-all-trades for protecting your computers, servers, and cloud accounts.
  • Snapshots with Immutability: Your time-traveling, hacker-proof shield for critical data.

The beauty of this is that even without using your Synology as your main file system, you gain significant protection against ransomware and other digital threats. Combine these features with offsite backups for disaster recovery, and you're in fantastic shape.

Don't let ransomware hold your business hostage! Explore the power of your Synology NAS and build a fortress for your precious data.

  • Questions? Drop a comment below, and I'll gladly offer more insights and guidance.
  • Need Expert Help? If you want tailored advice or a full-scale implementation plan, consider hiring a professional IT consultant.
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