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Ransomware in the spotlight, but this isn’t a new or unusual kind of malware.

All ransomware has one goal: to extort money. Most, including the WannaCry ransomware used in the NHS hack, encrypt files on the victim’s computer – what’s known as ‘encrypting ransomware’. They then demand payment to decrypt them. But this isn’t the only kind of ransomware, and all use a variety of methods to confuse and panic users into paying up.

Encrypting ransomware

This ransomware relies on users and organizations not backing up important data, whether its files are personal value, critical financial reports or sensitive information. If you don’t have a backup, there’s no way to recover the files without paying the ransom.

Should you pay the ransom?

While some users find paying the ransom will unlock their files, it’s not guaranteed. Moreover, paying can set a bad precedent, making you a target for future attacks.

 

What Can Be Done to Protect Yourself.

Carbonite Cloud Backup is an excellent way to safeguard your files so that if you do get hit with ransomware you can reclaim all of your data. Sign up here: