It could come from a simple mistake, or from a hole you didn't even know existed, but when ransomware holds your valuable data hostage, it can be a very scary situation. It could be your family photos, or your entire business held at digital gunpoint. So should you pay up to the unknown hacker and free yourself from this deathly grip? Well that depends on what precautions you have taken.
When ransomware starts running on your computer, it will encrypt all files you have access to, as fast as it can. This includes any files you can access on other computers. Once these files are encrypted, they become completely unusable. Then, eventually, the ransomware program will tell you that this has happened, and offer to sell you the keys to reverse the process, for a price.
At first glance the price might seem reasonable; what is a few hundred dollars compared to the value of everything you care about? Especially if it is your business. But what guarantee can you ever have that this is the only thing the infection has done or will do? What if this happens again? What if you pay them and they do not give you the keys? Why should you trust someone who has attacked you so maliciously?
Ultimately this will be your decision to make. But what if you had already protected your data against malicious attacks, like this and others? What if you could simply, undo what was done?
LANified! IT Services employes technology that can protect the data you care about from many different malicious activities, including ransomware. Would you like to know more?