The Complete Guide to Ransomware and What it Means for Small Businesses

 

The Definition of Ransomware and the Impacts on Small Businesses

Ransomware is malicious software that takes control of a device and locks it until the victim pays a ransom. It commonly installs itself through email attachments, downloads from unsafe websites, and infected USB drives. Once installed, ransomware can encrypt files on your computer or mobile device and threaten to delete them unless you pay the ransom.

How to Protect Your Company from a Ransomware Attack

There are many ransomware protection tools that you can download and install on your devices to protect them against these kinds of attacks. One such tool is Norton Security which provides malware detection and removal, file backup for Windows PCs, Android devices, iOS devices and offers protection for up to 5 devices with one subscription.

EB Solution provides IT consulting and IT security services to small and medium-sized businesses. We offer comprehensive network security, cybersecurity awareness training, business continuity planning , data backup and more.

Tips For Safeguarding Yourself Against A Ransomware Attack

Some cybersecurity experts recommend that you should update your computer’s system and software to the latest version and use a VPN when using public Wi-Fi networks. The following tips can help:

  • Back up all your files in case you get infected with ransomware and need to restore your data from a backup
  • Keep all your devices updated
  • Avoid downloading pirated or illegal content or visiting risky sites
  • Ensure that your anti-malware software is up to date, especially if it’s an old one
  • Try to avoid clicking on links in emails from unknown senders

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