Frequently Asked Questions: Protection Against Ransomware

What can you do to protect yourself against ransomware? What are the different ransomware types? What is the best way to protect your data? We have answers on some of the most frequently asked questions.

Weekly Tech Roundup — February 13

As the weeks roll on, ransomware continues to dominate most cyber security headlines. But it wasn’t just stories of data loss and malware attacks that made the front page. Hackers continued to take advantage of the growing number of data vulnerabilities that permeate our digital world today—but some of them took it upon themselves to fight fire with fire, exposing some particularly harmful websites to the kind of attack they themselves perpetuate.

This week’s tech roundup is full of stories that detail the horrors of cyber-attacks. What did you miss?

Weekly Tech Roundup— February 6

Disaster struck last week, and the victims ranged from everyday users to large organizations. Valuable data was lost, operations were shut down, and some people were even affected physically after a ransomware attack took control of the electronic locking systems at an Austrian hotel.

This week’s tech roundup is full of stories that detail the horrors of failed data protection. What did you miss?

How to find out if your computer is protected against ransomware

Ransomware is on the hunt for your precious photos and important documents. Is your computer protected? Are you sure that your protection actually works? There is an easy way to check. Find out how!

Osiris Ransomware:  New Addition to the Locky Family

Locky ransomware has undergone another facelift, as cyber criminals roll out updates to one of the most common and damaging families of file-encrypting malware. The new ransomware is named Osiris, after the Egyptian god of the afterlife, and comes with improved features designed to attack backups and avoid being detected. It appends the .orisis extension to the end of the encrypted files and follows the standard pattern of ransomware infection: Invade, Encrypt, Extort. Riding on the back of Locky’s success, Osiris is one of the most serious cyber security treats computer users are facing today.

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 30

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 30

In a world of increasing cyber attacks and data vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to take action and protect ourselves—even though, at times, it seems ever more difficult. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are flooding the market, becoming a major part of our daily lives; ransomware is preying upon innocent individuals and institutions in the hopes of making a quick buck; and dormant threats are coming out of the cracks, striking fear into those looking towards the future. But even with all of these threats, we continue to innovate, finding new and imaginative ways to protect ourselves and our devices.

This week in tech saw new ways of thinking about security to combat old yet increasingly devious threats. What did you miss?

5 Reasons to Back Up Your Employees’ PCs

IT Infrastructure in your small business is becoming complex. Before you only had servers and generic desktops to deal with, but the world has changed. Now you have virtualization, cloud VMs in IaaS clouds, data in SaaS clouds, and even mobile devices to worry about.

However, one very important area of your company operations tends to be ignored when it comes to data protection and business continuity — Windows PCs and laptops. Here are five reasons why you should include personal computers of your employees into your data protection strategy.

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 23

Weekly Tech Roundup: January 23

With much of the news revolving around the inauguration of President Donald Trump, it might have been easy to miss the revelations in the world of cybersecurity. A number of new, and old, malware variants were exposed, and the tech world began doing more to protect themselves against attack. With these revelations came new products ready to fight against ransomware, putting data protection at the forefront of cybersecurity.

The headlines were endless, but we made it our mission to gather the most relevant and most intriguing, topics of discussion. What did you miss?

INDEPENDENT TEST: Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation Outperforms Competitors in Self-Protection Against Ransomware

Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation received the Gold Self-Protection Award from Anti-Malware Testing Lab, being recognized for its capacity to protect itself and its backups from ransomware (Acronis Active Protection™).

The threat of ransomware (a type of malware that hijacks computer systems and demands ransom) is so great that it became paramount for backup vendors to introduce technology to protect backups from such attacks.

Acronis Consumer Survey Exposed the Need for Effective Defense Against Ransomware

A survey conducted by Acronis in December 2016 exposed the lack of awareness and understanding of the imminent danger presented by ransomware  — an increasingly-pervasive form of malware that encrypts the victim’s files, denying access to them until the user pays an online ransom of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Respondents placed high value on personal data, but were not prepared to pay any ransom in case of an attack.

The survey revealed that while 71 percent of the respondents worry about the safety of their personal data and 41 percent say they cannot afford to lose any of it, 56 percent have no plan for recovering that data if it is lost or held hostage by cyber criminals.