In recent years, cybercriminals have been using ransomware to extort money from their victims. They usually target small and medium businesses that are dependent on significant amounts of data, or companies whose data is too valuable to lose and they would pay money to get them back.
If you run a business that works with this kind of data, you should make sure to protect your computer system from ransomware attacks.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a malware code that encrypts files and blocks their owners from accessing them. The data is under hostage until a ransom is paid for it, hence the name of the malware (short for malicious software). The criminals may also threaten to publish confidential data.
Tips for Reducing Risks of Ransomware Attacks
- Don’t click on links or open attachments from emails recklessly. Cybercriminals look for vulnerable entry points for the ransomware to infiltrate. Still, it’s usually the victims who install and run the code by carelessly clicking on links or downloading files from unsecured sources.
- Be vigilant of phishing. Your email system should already be blocking spam and junk emails, but also be wary of emails from trusted correspondents who may be victims of phishing or other malware themselves.
You might also like to know about how to protect yourself from phishing emails.
- Invest in reliable antivirus software. You should invest in a reliable antivirus to regularly scan your system. continually update your OS and software to minimise holes into which ransomware can jump.
Installing a security software will also ensure that your system is protected and keep your mind at ease.
Talk to Rule Technology Today
We can reduce your risks of getting attacked by ransomware, as well as other risks you may not be aware of. With Rule Technology’s IT Health Check, we analyse your business system and yield a thorough report of any risks and recommended solutions, for free.
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