Ransomware is a type of malware that will encrypt your files, actually hold your data hostage, until you pay a ransom. When the malware’s demands are met, your files are yours again. Sounds crazy, but this type of malware is becoming a favorite of cybercriminals, and it is becoming a major threat to both personal and company computers.
Cybercriminals love ransomware because it is so lucrative; they can charge you anything they want to get your data back. Organization of all types, and all sizes, have been hit by this malware, but it is extremely troubling for small businesses. These smaller companies typically don’t have the right protection or backup, and they don’t have as much money to lose on things like this.
We should all be worried about these attacks, and should take steps to protect our businesses now. Here are some best practices to keep your data safe:
This means you won’t have to pay the ransom, and it means your data is clean, and the malware won’t be triggered again.
Some of these total data protection solutions actually allow you to run your applications from virtual machines, providing for ‘instant recovery.’ This technology is especially helpful if you are infected by ransomware, because it allows you to carry on with your operations while your primary systems are being restored.
Ransomware can really take a toll on a company, if you are not prepared. Following these best practices will keep you, and your staff, in the know and ahead of any threats. P&J Computers Inc. is the trusted choice when it comes to staying ahead of the latest information technology tips, tricks, and news. Contact us at (518) 459-6712 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.