As computer viruses evolve, their methods become more sophisticated, even going so far as to hold your computer and your data hostage, hence it being called “ransomware”. Ransomware is a new type of virus that is quickly on the rise. There are three types of ransomware, here they are in order of severity:
Depending on the flavor of ransomware you end up getting, these can be extremely costly. Not just if you decide to pay the ransom or not. If mission critical data ends up being tied up, then it can cost business downtime as well as any costs associated with having to recreate business critical data.
Speaking of the ransom, cyber security experts recommend not paying the ransom. Mostly because there is no guarantee that you’ll get your data back. Also it can make you a target for more attacks.
So then how do you protect yourself?
Tim Dixon is the owner of Solve IT Security.