Ransomware: What You Need To Know!

 

What Is RANSOMWARE?

Ransomware is a type of malware that essentially holds your critical files for “ransom”. In the meantime, you frantically search for a way to pay the ransom or restore your files, if you were smart enough to have a back-up.

There are various types of ransomware, but all of them work to prevent you from accessing the files you need. They can target individuals or businesses and can encrypt files so you can’t use or access them.

Crazy Ransomware Fact

Ransomware attackers often ask for bitcoin for their ransom amount. Bitcoin is difficult to trace and must be purchased through a Bitcoin Exchange which can make you feel a little shady. Trusting a hacker is often your only choice to get the files back if you don’t have your files backed-up.

How To Protect Yourself from Ransomware

There are two main ways to protect yourself from Ransomware.

First…. Install and use an Antivirus solution! There are a wide range of antivirus and anti-malware programs you can install on your computer to prevent ransomware in the first place. Research and find the product that would best fit your needs.

Second… Have a BACKUP! Regularly backing-up your computer will archive the files that are critical to you. If you are ever a victim of ransomware, there will be NO need to haggle with a hacker because you will already have your files safely stored away and backed up. You can remove the ransomware infection from your computer and restore your files from the backup.

Sill Have Ransomware Questions?

If you are still unsure about how ransomware can affect you or your business, call Chase Computer Services at 662-655-2019. We can get you backed up send you on your way worry-free!