What Is Ransomware and How Can You Protect Your Business Against It

What Is Ransomware? How Can You Protect Your Business?

Ransomware attacks are becoming more widespread and businesses are advised to be more prepared but what exactly is

Ransomware attacks are becoming more widespread and businesses are advised to be more prepared but what exactly is ransomware and how can businesses protect themselves?

Carry on reading to find out!

What Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software. If it accesses your computer systems, it will do one of two things:

  1. Lock you out of your computer so you cannot access it.
  2. Encrypt your files so you cannot access them.

Whichever action is taken, the ransomware will require you to make a payment (ransom) to release the lock or to decrypt the files.

How Do Ransomware Attacks Happen?

Cyber criminals often search for vulnerable systems as they are the easiest to infect.

Some of the main methods for an attack include:

  • Vulnerable Software (unpatched software allow security exploits)
  • Spam Emails (emails that contain malicious links or attachments)
  • Social Media (social media messages containing malicious links)
  • Malicious or Compromised Websites
  • Self-propagation (when ransomware spreads from one infected device to another)

What Can I Do to Help Protect My Business Against Ransomware?

When it comes to protecting your business from ransomware, there are several solutions that can benefit you, including:


One of the best ways to protect your business is to use anti-ransomware software. There are various solutions available including free and paid for, but consider using an enterprise solution that will protect your whole computer network. Anti-ransomware works in conjunction with your anti-virus package and you should use both types of products.


If you do not back up your files and you are hit with a ransomware attack, you could lose your data. The best way to recover from a ransomware attack is to recover your data from a backup.  This will minimize business downtime.

Be Vigilant and Educate Staff

Phishing emails, malicious adverts, etc. can easily fool you and your staff. Ensure your staff are suitably trained in how to spot malware and the risks of using the internet.

Keep Software Updated

Software updates are essential. They are designed to close vulnerabilities and maximise protection. You are more prone to attacks if you fail to keep your software up to date.

We Can Help

If you’d like to better protect your business against ransomware we can help. We provide a range of IT Support solutions, including a Data Backup service and more. Get in touch with us on 0161 241 9050 / info@aspectit.co.uk to discuss it further.

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