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What Is Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that intends to extract ransom payment from an organisation or an individual by encrypting their critical data. When a system is attacked by ransomware, all the document and files on the hard drive and accessible network folders gets encrypted. Encrypted documents become unusable until or unless decrypted with a unique decryption code held by the hackers.

Soon after your system gets infected, it starts to display instructions how to pay ransom in order to obtain the decryption key to restore your data. The ransom is asked to be paid in cryptocurrency for example Bitcoins. Even after paying the ransom it isn’t guaranteed that you will successfully recover your data and critical documents.

Impact Of Ransomware

  • Encrypts critical files and documents of your company or organisation so that you can’t utilize them
  • Certain applications on your system will stop working
  • Temporary or permanent loss of vital or critical information
  • Potential harm to your organisation or company’s reputation

Types Of Ransomware

Lock Screen Ransomware: This type of Ransomware limits the users from accessing the PC or Laptop and demands the ransom to unlock the system. When you get attacked by this type of ransomware your PC starts showing a full-screen message that prevents you from accessing your PC or files.

CryptoLocker: It is a type of ransomware that encrypts the entire data of your system. And demands ransom from the user for the decryption code to unlock the encrypted files.

What Can I Do To Protect Documents Against Ransomware?

The most important thing to always keep in mind is to create a back-up of all the significant documents and files on a regular basis. If in case your system faces confrontation with ransomware, your data can be easily restored with an ease with the help of this back-up.

Here are some of the things to consider to protect your documents against ransomware while you create a back-up:

  • Backup file must be kept offline
  • The backup process must be monitored carefully to ensure the backups complete successfully
  • Keep multiple backup sets
  • Avoid opening unverified emails or clicking the fishy links in them.
  • Try to avoid visiting unsafe or suspicious websites.
  • Regularly update your antivirus software and programs

Aarav Solutions is a leading name in Cybersecurity and Telecom Consultancy Services. We provide a plethora of Cybersecurity Solutions to businesses across the country. Our vision is to transform Indian businesses with the help of innovative technological solutions and our expertise. We aim to provide each of our clients with out-of-the box solutions which are customized for their needs and helps their business surge ahead in today’s dynamic business environment. Aarav Solutions helps businesses gain a competitive edge with the best Cybersecurity Security.

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