What You Need to Know About Ransomware

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There are so many digital threats out there these days that it can be difficult to remember what they all are. You can't be expected to know all of them, especially since they're always changing--but one you definitely need to focus on is ransomware. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know about ransomware!

What is Ransomware?

"Ransomware" refers to a very specific kind of cyberattack in which specialized software steals your data and files and holds it all "for ransom." The digital bad-guys demand payment or they'll destroy all of your information. Unfortunately, even if you do pay the ransom, most data comes back encrypted or corrupted--and some never comes back at all. On top of that, getting hit with one ransomware attack means you're more likely to get hit with more in the future--so it's important to stay ahead with top of the line security procedures.

What Do You Need to Know?

Here are a few important things to keep in mind about ransomware and how to avoid it!

  • Always, always have backups.

The best way to recover from a ransomware attack is to wipe your system and rely on your data backups. If you don't have any backups, you're in a lot of trouble--so make sure to establish those backups before you need them!

  • Know your risks.

Certain businesses are at higher risk of ransomware attacks than others. For example, if you built your own software and are relying on an older operating system, you might have inherited some of the weaknesses or flaws in that system--so be aware.

  • Get everyone involved.

Avoiding ransomware is much easier if everyone's on the same page. Make sure your employees are all doing regular system updates on all of their devices, and remember to encourage safe Internet use!

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