What is Ransomware?

Ransomware, or ransom malware, is a type of malware that infects a machine and prevents a user from accessing their system or files – demanding a ransom payment in order to regain access.

This method of cybercrime isn’t new, in fact, records show that ransomware was active in the late 1980s, with payment being sent by hand, compared to today’s payments being sent via bank transfer, credit cards and cryptocurrency.



Types of Ransomware

Screen Locker

Screen lockers take over your entire screen, locking all functions, displaying an alarming message demanding payment. Messages can sometimes include authoritative logos like the FBI to add authenticity and state illegal activity has taken place on your machine and you must pay a fine.

The reality is, no illegal activity has taken place, but even if it did, the FBI or local authorities would never lock your machine and demand payment – that itself is illegal.


Crypto Locker

A crypto locker is similar to the above screen locker, doing the same thing by displaying a message demanding payment, however, a crypto locker actually encrypts your files, and unless a ransom demand is met – those files will remain locked down or worse still, deleted.



How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware?

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– Educate

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Steve Martino, Chief Information Security Officer at Cisco

“The effects of cybercrime can be devastating, and It’s no longer a case of if you’ll be attacked, it’s a matter of when. Cybersecurity is something we all need to take seriously, from employer to employee, this forever-growing form of crime is one a business simply can’t ignore”

Steve O'Connell, Sales and Marketing Director

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