Ransomware is getting a lot of attention in the news, as more companies and organizations are having their data stolen and held hostage until they pay a ransom. Many small businesses assume that it won’t happen to them, but at Computer Services Unlimited, Inc. we consult with businesses of every size who are hit with ransomware. Half of all business owners with ransomware on their system have paid a ransom to recover their data. Could you be next?
What to Do When You Are Hit with Ransomware
If you are hit with ransomware, always call a professional right away. They will be able to assess the damage and determine whether or not any of your back-ups are sufficient for restoration. They can also help to work with the hackers holding your data hostage if recovering your data isn’t possible otherwise. If you do pay the ransom after the recommendation from the professionals at Computer Services Unlimited, Inc., you should then have your system thoroughly checked for missing data, lingering spyware or any other problems. Finally, you should establish a realistic system for backing up your data and protecting your system in the future.
What Not to Do When You Are Hit with Ransomware
When you are contacted by hackers who are holding your data hostage, you should never attempt to handle things on your own. Never contact or negotiate with hackers without the help of a professional. Computer Services Unlimited, Inc. can work on your behalf to lower the ransom and free your data.
Prevent Your Business from Becoming a Victim
The best way to stop the impact of ransomware on your business is prevention. Always keep regular back-ups of your system and check it weekly to make sure the right things are being backed up. It is always cheaper to hire a managed IT services provider before you get hit with ransomware and have to pay for recovering it (on top of the stress and loss of business while dealing with the ransomware)!
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We have years of experience working with businesses of every size to set up effective and actionable disaster recovery plans.
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