Ransomware Is On The Rise
Visualize this scenario: you come into work one day and see an email from a customer or vendor. Inside the email is a link that you innocently click and then bam your screen becomes frozen and your files are slowly one by one being corrupted. There is nothing you can do about it and your business is being halted to a complete standstill until you agree to pay a “ransom”. Sounds more like a nightmare doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this scenario is far from fiction thanks to the rise of Ransomware.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a virus initiated by a hacker to compromise your system and hold it hostage in exchange for a payoff. It can infiltrate your system in the form of an email,
PDF or an internet download, and with one click can infect your entire network. Damage can include temporary or permanent data loss, financial loss and decrease in productivity.
What are some Ransomware warning signs and how can I safeguard against it?
Ransomware can present in various forms but the majority are emails. When clicking links make sure you ask yourself the following questions:
What are the chances this could happen to me?
While it’s easy to assume you’re a tech savvy, firewall protected, virus scan secure business owner this is not always enough. According to a study conducted by Osterman Research nearly half of companies have fallen victim to ransomware in the past twelve months. Corporations are targeted more regularly as hackers know they have the resources to pay ransoms in exchange for their data.
What should I do if my business becomes infected?
The first step is always to unplug your computer from the network and try to freeze out the hackers before they’ve infiltrated everything. After that call 20/20 Business Solutions at 800-538-0669. Don’t negotiate with the hackers and pay the ransom! Like most criminals there is no guarantee they will release your data and then you’ll be out of your files as well as your money!