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Monday, 22 August 2016

Do You Know What Ransomware Is?

Yes you guessed right! They are a bunch of malwares cyber criminals now deploy with extreme dexterity to attack your business. Ransomware now appears to be the biggest malware threat in the world. According to security researchers, the number of ransomware victims increased by a shocking 550 percent in less than a year, from 131,000 in 2015 to 718,000 in 2016.

Why has ransomware become such a big and universal problem? It is because currently, it does not just affect big businesses, it appears as if cyber criminals are increasingly targeting small businesses too. Considering the number of small businesses out there online, you can just imagine the enormity of the problem. These wares are very deadly for your small business and they can wipe you out completely in a matter of seconds. They are that dangerous.

There is hope though. You can with some deliberate care protect your small business from ransomware. Here is how. You should be extremely careful with attachments and links sent to you via email, even from people you trust. That is one very vital tip since the most used ransomware vector now, according to security researchers, is through emails with malicious attachments and links to infected websites. The next tip is precautionary. It is vital for small businesses to always have a backup of important files offsite. With backup offsite files, you could just easily restore your important files from your offsite backup if you ever get hit by any ransomware variant. However, the best form of protection is to avoid getting hit at all. That is cheaper and safer for you and your business.

“No pains, no gains. To get the prize, you must pay the price.”

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