Ransomware — a type of malicious software that holds files, devices, or systems hostage — has become wildly successful over the last few years. This type of malware gains and subsequently blocks user access to data, and its purpose is to extort money from victims with a “guarantee” of restoring access to the encrypted files and devices.
Like other malware, ransomware infects a device by exploiting a vulnerability in a piece of software or by tricking an unsuspecting person into downloading and running it. Healthcare companies, government institutions, and academic organizations are among the top targets of ransomware attacks. But these days, anyone can be a target, especially if they have attractive data and are likely to pay a significant ransom.
It’s worth noting that most ransomware attacks occur due to poor security practices. So to make sure your small business in Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, or Denver doesn’t fall victim to this prominent threat, follow these simple do’s and don’ts.
If a ransomware blocks access to your data, you can easily restore your files if you have a backup or a clean copy of your data. You can back up using an external drive kept off-site or via the cloud, but remember to do this periodically to ensure you have the latest copy of your information. If you’re prone to forgetting, then you can set reminders or take advantage of automatic backup services.
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