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Proactive Solutions to Stop Ransomware in its Tracks

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, until a ransom is paid. The most common way this happens is by locking the system’s screen or displaying images that are impossible to bypass or close.

Ransomware often includes features that prevent users from accessing files on their system by encrypting them. This is done without the user’s knowledge, typically as soon as the victim opens an attachment in an email or clicks on a link in a web browser.

It can be difficult to keep up with all of the different cyber threats out there. But one thing is for sure, ransomware is on the rise. 

How is it spread?

The newest forms of ransomware do not require the user to manually download and install malware. Instead, criminals are currently sending targeted emails. As the day progresses, users may receive malicious links or attachments that download the payload. Once the attacker gains access, the victims are rendered incapable of restoring their systems.

Why is it so important to protect yourself?

1. Organizations frequently have no idea they have been infected until hours, sometimes days, after an initial attack.

2. Ransomware happens fast. You might not have hours, days or weeks to deal with it. Ransomware can cause tremendous damage in a matter of minutes, sometimes less than a minute, depending on the organization’s level of preparedness.

3. There is no legal protection. Ransomware has no limit to the amount of monetary amount required to release files and systems. Some ransomware variants are capable of encrypting full systems in a matter of minutes, if not seconds, thereby preventing users from recovering their files. 

4. Ransomware has no escape route.