Ransomware attacks

by Wally Moore

on March 7, 2016

in blog, Ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks are world-wide.

Ransomware attacks from hackers are taking control of computer networks on a truly global scale. These criminals are locking up files stored on computers and demanding money to un-lock the infected computer so the rightful owner can get their files back.

Usually you hear about these types of attacks on large companies, like Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. But it’s not just the big computer networks that are attacked, it can even be a small local church in your community. Sadly it’s true.

What type of person would do this?

Seriously? Hold a church captive for $570.00? A crook that’s who.

What type of person would come after a small business like yours?

A crook that’s who.

Small and Mid-Size Business (SMB) are particularly vulnerable

Crooks know most SMB’s do not have the internal technical resources, time, or money it takes to protect their computer networks. Period. They know it! And that’s exactly why they attack.

Does this describe your company?

Are you lacking the technical expertise, time and money to protect yourself?

What does ransomware actually look like?

Well . . . we’re not going to show you! But we are passing along some tips on how to protect yourself from our friends over at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This is how they describe what a rasomware looks like:

“Your computer screen freezes with a pop-up message—supposedly from the FBI or another federal agency—saying that because you violated some sort of federal law your computer will remain locked until you pay a fine. Or you get a pop-up message telling you that your personal files have been encrypted and you have to pay to get the key needed to decrypt them.”

3 ways to protect your company from attack

No company is 100% safe against hackers. But there are things you can do that will give you the best chance against a ransomware attack. The best advice we can give you is this:

  • Make sure that you don’t click on links, or download attachments, that aren’t 100% legitimate
  • Make sure you have good a business class antivirus software and you update it regularly
  • Make sure that you have data backups. You should have three copies on two different kinds of media and preferably one in an alternate location, such as a secure cloud-based data storage facility

Sound a bit much?

We understand if doing all of that sounds like a bit much for small businesses. That’s why you should call DTS InfoTech for expert advice and service on protecting one of your most valuable assets you own: the data you have stored on your computers.

Need some help?

Do you need some technology help in your business? Would you like to work with a technology company that is dedicated to servicing small businesses?

Give us a call at 503.359.1275. We’re always happy to chat!

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Dedicated to your success,

Wally Moore
General Manager & Compliance Officer
DTS InfoTech . . . computer networks that work