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5th June 2018
We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of ransomware threats to clients’ businesses lately, reflecting what our virus/malware protection partners have been telling us. But how can you protect yourself from this malicious software?
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is malware that prevents you from gaining access to your own computer or files, and effectively holds you to ransom until you pay a sum of money to the program’s creators.
The malware usually hides in an email message, often pretending to be from a legitimate business such as Xerox, UPS or FedEx. It may ask you to click a link in order to claim a parcel, or open a pdf to view a document, and you will then find your access blocked until you part with some cash, or Bitcoin.
Why is ransomware so serious?
People are getting good at not clicking on .exe files attached to emails, but ransomware such as Cryptolocker hides in innocent looking files such as PDFs or Zip files, so you are more likely to be fooled into opening them.
Much of this malware uses very strong encryption, so even though there are sometimes a few breakthroughs, it’s increasingly not possible to retrieve files it has locked away.
We work with some of the best suppliers of firewalls, anti-virus and anti-malware software in the industry, but even so there will always be a few emails that slip through the net.
How can you protect yourself?
If you would like to talk to us about protecting your business from viruses, malware, or any other topic, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.