We’ve noticed an uptick in Crypto-type virus infections over the past week. These infections are even getting past anti-virus software and network firewalls. If you’re infected, you WILL lose all of your data on your computer, as well as the data on any server(s) you are connect to, unless you have a good backup?
How do Crypto-type virus infections work? They’re a type of ransomware, which means hackers get into your systems, encrypt your data, and demand a ransom fee in exchange for the decryption key. This is a very serious infection! Here’s a few vital tips you need to know to stay protected against ransomware:
• Do not, under any circumstances, open email attachments, even if they’re from someone you know, unless you’re expecting the attachment.
• Never click on any web page popups that ask you to install or download something – these popups are often malicious and shouldn’t be trusted.
We’ve seen the virus spread to contacts in someone’s address book, so it’s entirely possible you may receive an email from someone you ‘know’ containing an infection. Even with proper backup, a serious defensive strategy must be put into motion to clean this type of virus infection up.
There is no guarantee that paying the ransom fee will result in getting your files back after you’ve been infected. If you aren’t a Hammett Technologies SimpuCare managed client, cleanup from this infection can take several hours and cost several thousand dollars. If you aren’t 100% positive you have HOURLY backups of your data and those backups are tested, please call us today.
Discover how our backup systems and our backup strategy work here. To repeat, a business must be making hourly backups in this day and age, in order to have the highest level of protection. We have never had a client using our recommended backup strategy lose data – EVER.
If you have an email attachment or suspicious message you’re unsure about, call our office – we’ll screen it for you and let you know if it’s safe or malicious. We’d rather be safe and have you check with us than possibly get infected. Please make sure you’ve shared this with friends and co-workers to stay safe.
Contact Hammett Technologies at (443) 216-9999 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you stay safe against threats, including ransomware.