Ransomware

Ransomware is particular method of extracting money from you by disabling access either  your whole computer or particular files then demanding money for you to regain access.  This is when you find out how valuable your data is to you when you can’t run your business without it.

There are stategies to protect yourself:

Follow the 10 steps to cyber security, particularly keeping windows up to date ( win 10), anti virus up to date AND suitably configured.

  • For example ESET offer settings to provide additional protection to prevent certain processes needed for ransomware to take hold on your PC.

Follow the 3-2-1 backups, particularly in independant offsite backup and that you know how to restore.

Understand that the perpetrators are just running a business. Some run the business that sells the ransomware service where you go online , create your campaign and pay for it. The campaign organisers then encrypt your data by getting you to click on a lionk in an email or an attachment, or by getting you go to a website they hacked. You get a warning message saying if you want to get your data back , pay some money and receive an unlock code.

They do not care who you are or what adverse affects they may have on you. They are just making money.

Sometimes the encryption is badly written and cannot be undone, normally though they have every incentive to allow access after you’ve paid, otherwise the business model does not work. If they get a reputation not to deliver after payment no one will ever pay up.