Ransomware attacks are occurring more and more frequently. This past week we saw global brand Garmin fall foul to what is reported to have been a ransomware attack. Garmin is relied upon by athletes and pilots in the UK and across the globe, and all services were down for a number of days.

What is Ransomware?

A type of malware which hackers use to infiltrate infrastructures. The hackers are then able to take devices and/or file hostage, demanding payment to release the devices/files. Ransomware can stop access to the devices and encrypt files. Hackers then make their demands to facilitate the release back to you, the owner.

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Ransomware attacks

Most malware works when the user clicks on a link or downloads a file. Ransomware however, in some cases can gain access without any user input. There are a number of ways that ransomware can work against businesses.

Types of Ransomware

There are two main types of Ransomware that are regularly used by cyber criminals – encrypters and lockers.

To pay or not to pay

It is crucial that victims do not pay the ransom. If the attackers successfully receive their ransom, it will encourage them to strike again. On top of that, even if you do pay, who is to say that the criminal will remain true to their word and release your files / devices?

How to avoid Ransomware

As they say, prevention is better than cure. It is better to protect against attacks rather than having to deal with the consequences. If your UK firm has a robust antivirus solution, paired with practising safe internet habits, you can vastly reduce the risks.

At Proxar we are Avast Business partners in the UK and can help you to ensure you are protected. Get in touch so that we can help you to reduce the risk to your and your business.