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What you need to know about Ransomeware

This year’s themes for Cybersecurity Awareness Month are Phishing and Ransomware. Ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity problems on the internet and one of the biggest forms of cybercrime that organisations face today.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software – malware – that encrypts files and documents on anything from a single PC all the way up to an entire network, including servers.

Here are 4 things you need to know about Ransomeware.

1) What is Ransomeware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents you from accessing your device and the data stored on it, usually by encrypting your files. A criminal group will then demand a ransom in exchange for decryption.

2) Email is one of the main infection methods

Be wary of unexpected emails, especially if they contain links and/or attachments. Do not click on the links if you are unsure.

3) Back-up important data

Attackers have leverage over their victims by encrypting valuable files and leaving them inaccessible. If the victim has backup copies, they can restore their files once the infection has been cleaned up.

4) Keep software up to date

Hackers know about weaknesses in the software on your PC before you do. And they try to use them to get on your machine. If you’re asked if you want to update your software – Do. It. Now. Waiting only helps the hackers.

If you have any questions about Cybersecurity, Ransomeware or IT Security, please do not hesitate to email us at

– By Justine Maher


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