With the rise of eCommerce and online banking, cybercrime has evolved. Like criminals who pull smash-and-grab jobs, they go where the money is. However, unlike bank robbers, cybercriminals do their best to avoid detection by letting malware do the work for them. Viruses and ransomware sneak into PCs to quietly steal passwords, financial credentials, and […]
Chances are you've heard plenty about the dangers of viruses and malware--malicious programs that can be used to infect your computer, steal information or destroy files. And it's more than likely that you have some sort of virus protection software installed on your computer (if you don't, you really, really should!). But is your virus protection capable of stopping ransomware?
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a particularly nasty piece of code that hackers can use to infect your computer, and then literally hold your files for ransom.
IT is a critical part of any business and requires special skills to administer and ensure that investments are made in line with the business vision. While it is tempting for owners to wear multiple hats, IT isn't an area that runs well with minimal attention.
Cloud computing has radically shaken up the world of business. Whether you are a small business just starting out or you have been in business for a while, now is the time to review the processes you rely on every day to see whether they would benefit from migration to the cloud.
Ransomware attacks spiked over 6,000 percent in 2016, and they don't appear to be slowing down in 2017. Malicious cryptovirus software that either locks screens (locker ransomware) or encrypts files (crypto-ransomware) demands victims pay a ransom to gain access to their own data — and most companies pay up.
Building the right IT team is important, especially when just a few minutes of downtime could damage your reputation and bottom line. Today's digital business world moves at breakneck speed and demands high performance and reliability. This means that choosing the right IT team is a critical decision.
An information technology (IT) department is vital to just about everything a company does. It facilitates market research, advertising, sales and more. IT tools can locate potential customers on social media and target them with ads, and they allow for video conferencing, webinars and other forms of virtual communication.
Ransomware attacks aren’t new, but they are becoming more prevalent. This year, they are rocketing to the top of the list when it comes to cybersecurity threats. The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report — now in its 10th year — shows a troubling trend: Malware attacks have increased by 51 percent in businesses around the world, and the fifth most common type of malware is ransomware.
Every company has data that is valuable to someone, and that means every company is at risk for data theft. It isn’t a question of “if” – it is a question of when the next attack will occur. Unfortunately, the most common method of gaining access to sensitive information is through your employees.
Small business owners have to wear a lot of hats, from handling core operations to managing staff members. It is easy to let IT concerns fall by the wayside, especially when making needed updates requires time and money. However, ignoring the need for business IT support costs far more in the long run than completing tasks on-time - and the true impact is often broader than the initial cash outlay required for repairs.