Ransomware can shut your shop down

The thumbnail version:

  • Ransomware explained
  • How to protect your data

The full version:

Protect your business against ransomware criminals.

Ransomware is malware that encrypts the target victim’s data. The idea is that the attacker tries to get the victim to pay a ransom for the key to decrypt their files.

Is a small business (in this case, your shop) at risk? Probably not as much as bigger businesses and institutions that are specifically targeted for their ability to pay a substantial ransom.  However, some less-sophisticated ransomware attackers use carpet-bombing techniques by which they try to infect as many victims as possible, large and small.

So what should you do to protect your business against a ransomware attack? Well, first you need to do some reading and research to familiarize yourself with the topic, but in the meantime, here are some protective measures to implement:

  • Don’t click on email links unless you have absolute confidence in the source of the email.
  • Backup, backup, backup, preferably routinely, locally, and also offsite. If you’re attacked you can data-restore from the latest uninfected backup.
  • Protect personal information. Be suspicious if asked for access-type information (e.g. passwords or security answers such as the old favourite, your mother’s maiden name).

It’s a big topic that can’t be covered adequately in a blog post. So, you have homework to do.