Ransomware is a fast growing computer virus that can hold you to ransom.

Put simply, Ransomware is a virus that invades your computer and encrypts your files in such a way that you can no longer get to them. It then holds you to ransom by only allowing you to regain access to your data by paying a substantial fee. You’re not just at risk on computers either, this destructive virus can be hidden in apps as well.

Experts suggest that this is the tastest growing form of computer malware. A report published by the Australian government claims 72% of businesses surveyed experienced ransomware incidents in 2015. The figure was just 17% in 2013 .

How to avoid Ransomware

To avoid these threats, you need to be very careful about what apps and programmes you install, and where they come from – read the reviews on Google Play, and avoid side-loading from untrusted sources. Make sure that all your software is up to date and that you have anti-virus and security services in place.

Even these measures, however, can not guarantee that you and your victim won’t become a victim of Ransomware. The only way to ensure that a Ransomware virus has minimal impact on your business is to be backed-up.

Backup, backup, backup

This troublesome virus does serve to do one thing, and this is, remind businesses of the importance of backing up their data. Even if you pay the expensive ransom, which of course you don’t want to do, there is no guarantee that you will get you data back as it was, or at all. The only way to retrieve these files without paying the substantial ransom, is to access backed-up ones.

If you ensure that you regularly keep your files and data on a secure server somewhere separate from your main IT, your business will suffer a bit of downtime, but hopefully no long-lasting damage. As an IT company, we cannot stress enough how backing up your important data, is one of the most important things you can do for your business.