What is Ransomware and Why is Everyone Talking About it?

Malware can take on many hidden identities known as “Malvertising.” They range from the latest celebrity gossip, health and beauty promises, to even emails that appear to be a friend harmlessly sending you a comedic video you “just have to watch.” When the user clicks and views these infectious ads, they are putting their devices at risk for ransomware to automatically download. You may be wondering, “Ransomware, what’s that?” Ransomware is a type of malicious software that was created to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. If the demands are not met, the ransomware will threaten to erase all of the device’s content. There are a number of steps you can take before it’s too late.


One of most common reasons ransomware succeeds is because it preys on old holes in software such as Flash and Windows. Considering many IT departments are overloaded with constant incoming projects, many times they may not have gotten a chance to go back and patch these old holes. Therefore, redirecting staff’s attention to updating patches is a useful tool for keeping ransomware out.


Another tactic to fighting ransomware is to train employees on  cybersecurity methods they can implement into their everyday web browsing. The goal in this is to teach employees to avoid clicking on ads that seem fishy.


One last method is to store data to a backup as often possible, and even having a back up for your back up. This could be a physical backup or a cloud back up. In the event of ransomware attacking your devices, having a backup can be tremendously reduce your business' chance of losing all relevant data.


It’s important for small business to be prepared and be able to tackle malware if it strikes, and as well as what options are available to them. If you have any further questions on ransomware, feel free to contact us!

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