Crypto-ransomware is a growing crime problem for everyone who uses the Internet – including small businesses, of course.
You’ve probably heard about this form of malware before, but as a reminder, it tricks you into downloading the ransomware onto your PC via spam with links that take you to a fake website that often looks like a real website of a bank or government agency.
When you unknowingly download the malware onto your system by doing some innocuous task like entering a CAPTCHA (a program that protects against bots) passcode, the ransomware immediately encrypts your files, preventing you from accessing them, and then demands that you pay a ransom, usually in bitcoins, to decrypt the files.
The Best Way to Avoid Ransomware
Backing up your important files is part of a good anti-ransomware strategy in case this happens to you or someone on your staff. Additionally, Trend Micro has a ransomware cleanup tool to use if you want to get rid of the offending malware. However, the best way to avoid the wasted time and aggravation that comes with a crypto-ransomware attack is to be protected by solutions like Trend Micro™ Worry-Free™ Business Security.
For years, we have been expanding our security beyond simple signature-based malware detection, though we still block over 1.4 billion malicious items per month using this technique. Today, we employ behavioral monitoring techniques with enhancements to detect, prevent, and clean ransomware before it can do any damage to our customers’ files.
Here are some of the ways our solutions safeguard customers from crypto-ransomware: