A lot of time and effort is spent on building up data that is stored on your computer. Within the blink of an eye it can all disappear and you can fall victim to these cyberattacks. Knowing the actions to take to prevent ransomware can protect your computer from these nasty invasions.
Ransomware, devastating to your business, online extortion that has reached epic worldwide proportions.
Most of us have heard stories about someone outside our circle of friends or even in our networks that has fallen prey to, the now common, “Ransomware”. We might even know someone who has been affected by it directly. Those of us who know the dangers know the only true way to protect against being victimized by Ransomware. This article will explain what you need to know to protect yourself against Ransomware. Let’s answer a few questions to help our understanding of this infamous malware that is so debilitating.
What exactly is Ransomware?
Ransomware is very simply a malware that, once covertly installed on a victim’s computer, executes tasks that will essentially encrypt your data using a password you don’t immediately have access to. What that looks like is the sudden onset of “something” that has turned your files, data and programs into mumbo jumbo you cannot read nor understand.
There is another, less common type of ransomware called Locker software which is easier to recover but still can provide devastating costs and results.
Quick adoption of the latest advancements in technology is a surefire way to increase productivity and profit. One domain of technology that is gaining momentum in our current corporate world is cloud computing. One advantage that cloud storage brings for businesses is that they don’t have to purchase infrastructure, for which costs can be staggering. Cloud storage allows businesses to be more flexible with information and data, which can be collaborated on and accessed from anywhere in the world and from any device.
You are probably aware of the term BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), a term that clearly denotes the changing enterprise landscape. Technology, as we can see, has not only changed customer behavior but also the way employees work in and contribute to an organization. BYOD is not a trend, it is in fact a whole new way of business operation. It has become a norm as it provides both employees and employers with plenty of benefits to enjoy.
BYOD policies mean you allow your employees to work more comfortably using devices they are more familiar with. While it definitely means better productivity and mobility, it has its own set of concerns. And when you mix it all up with public cloud – they say it’s the perfect recipe for disaster.
Due to the rapid evolution of cyberspace, the question of a better data storage platform has been nullified. The enormous capacity of data storage within cyberspace is enough to record unlimited amounts of information. About 55 million tweets are being sent in just a day, which includes web links and picture content; and over 30 million content types – such as news stories, web links, blog posts, photo albums, and videos – are being shared every month on Facebook. The demand on these content-rich web pages, interactive communications, digital media, and software downloads, required a new approach to content delivery to cater to the ever-growing data volume and its Quality of Service – QoS. As such, novel data systems are evolving in order to accommodate.
Delving further into the topic of last week’s post, we are continuing on the discussion of brand presence through online marketing, particularly through social media.
In the last year, online media managed to achieve some significant high-profile marketing breakthroughs with outstanding results, with the social wildfire experienced in the #IceBucketChallenge, or the #BringBackOurGirlsCampaign. Social media networks reaped great outcomes from these occurrences, such as Facebook reaching 1 million active mobile users in a month, Twitter experiencing 500 million tweets sent each day, and Instagram reaching a staggering number of active users, close to 300 million.