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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a kind of malware that may inadvertently affect your computer or event tablets and smartphones. What it does is that it locks up your keyboard or computer and demands a ransom for you to regain control of your data. Until you pay, you’re stopped from accessing your documents, pictures, databases and other files, or in a worst-case scenario, using your computer.

The intruder typically requests the payment using cryptocurrency like bitcoin because it is almost impossible to track these forms of payment. The cybercriminal promises to restore access to your data once you pay. However, beware, as there is no way to ensure they hold up their end of the deal since the pirate is anonymous and very hard to trace.

Types of Ransomware

Encrypting Ransomware

Types of Ransomware

Computer locked by ransomware

This kind of attack incorporates advanced encryption algorithms, with the purpose of blocking system files, and demands money to provide the victim with the key that can decrypt the blocked content. Some examples include Cerber, CryptoLocker, CrytpoWall, Jigsaw, Locky, and more.

Locker Ransomware

This modality is designed to perpetually block access to the operating system. Contrary to the first type, the files are not encrypted, but the criminals still ask for ransom in return for a promise to unlock the infected computer. The police-themed ransomware and Winlocker are the most common examples.

How Can You Protect Your Computers from Ransomware

This digital extortion racket is the number one concern for small business owners as well as international corporations. The best way to tackle the problem is to prevent it from happening. With the right security measures, you can easily protect yourself from an attack. One Point Sync can help you secure your network and your devices by:

  • Backing up your data: having a backup means you never have to pay a ransom.
  • Updating your software: By always using the latest version of your software, you can stay one step ahead of ransomware and other types of cyber-attacks.
  • Providing firewall protection and anti-malware: Good cybersecurity measures will help identify suspicious and malicious online behavior.

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We provide IT solutions that will shield your business from any cyber-attack. Talk to an IT expert about how you can be smart, be secure, and avoid getting caught by cybercriminals.

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