Beyond criminal, what is the ransomware definition?

by Jul 14, 2016Business Continuity

The ransomware definition. Simply put.

There are many types of viruses and malware that can invade a computer system. However, there is one that is far more devious that most of these types of invasive software. Many people referred to this type of software as ransomware.  The Ransomware definition is a type of malicious software that blocks many parts of a computer’s system. What makes this type of intrusion so unique is that it requires a payment to unblock the computer, often with a countdown timer displayed on the computer. Basically, the intruder infects a computer and then requires a ransom to restore it. If the ransom is not paid, all of the information stored on the computer can be wiped out completely.

How to beat ransomware

There are some antivirus companies that can help remove some of these invaders. Unfortunately, they are constantly being updated to get around these services. This can make it difficult to remove or prevent an attack. That said, the only solution to keep stored information safe from these invaders is to utilize a reliable back up service. Backing up all of the information on a computer can provide a safety net in case of such an attack. It is probably the only sure-fire way to defend one’s self from these types of malicious programs.

Although ransomware is usually limited to personal computers, there isn’t much stopping it from invading business computers. The information stored on a personal computer can be difficult to restore.  However, the information stored on a business computer can be vital to the function of the business.  It is important for a business to secure itself from these kinds of attacks.  The best option for security is to back up all files on a regular basis.

For more information about reliable back up services and how to protect your system, you can contact us.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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