Counting the whole world it is…billions with a B!!!
No Payment = No Password = No Data.
EVERYONE should have backups, which they could simply revert to without paying any money to the hackers. There should always be at least 3 copies of data that you cant afford to lose. The FBI reports more than $209 million was sent to hackers in the first quarter of this year alone. Keep in mind, this was just payments within the US, and only counts those who came forward. In 2015 it was only $25million.
Aren’t Backups Helping?
Sometimes the backup solution fails and the data can’t be retrieved. This is particularly true in cases where the solution has been in use for years and something failed along the way. With our Worry Free PC we are monitoring your backups to make sure everything is going as planned.
In other instances, the target has a backup that can be restored, but it doesn’t include everything they need for full recovery. We have seen that happen many times because the backup was set up incorrectly.
Finally, and the most common reason so many business or home users are forced to pay the ransom: the ransomware attack affects the entire system – including attached and synchronized backups. If the backup is also caught in the ransomware encryption, it becomes useless as a recovery method and the only options are to pay or lose the data forever.
Each day spent trying to recover the data is a drain on valuable resources such as time and in many cases, results in massive revenue loss and wasted man hours.
The only defense is to block the malware before it can infect the first workstation, and then continue the protection with a comprehensive backup strategy for all workstations and servers.
Give us a call at 937-660-4899 or contact us if you want to discuss how we can help secure your business or home computers against ransomware today.