What is Ransomware?

You might have heard in the news about companies getting hit with “ransomware”.  In particular medical offices like chiropractors and psychologists are major targets.  We see the same thing with our Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City computer repair clients.

System Lock

The nutshell is your computer gets some kind of virus.  Instead of just messing up your computer, this software locks it.  It scrambles the information on your computer.  To get your stuff back you pay a fee for a special password.   That’s the ransom.

With business clients, the ransom is only part of the problem.  This article explains the downtime and lost productivity caused by it.

Our recommendations to avoid ransomware are

  • Avoid clicking unexpected links or attachments.  These scams often seem to come from package notifications
  • Keeping your antivirus up-to-date and working. We see to often clients that think they have protection but they don’t
  • Have a good, reliable data backup.  Most clients we see the first time have no protection.  Instead of paying the ransom, we like clients to restore from a backup.  Online backups are less than $50 a year, so we can help you set that up.

By the time you’re hit with ransomware, it’s too late to solve the damage.  Unless you have a backup, you’re often just stuck paying and hoping you can get the data back.  Give us a call if you’d like a free evaluation for your risks of ransomware and protection ideas.

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