As a business owner, you have an obligation to keep your data and network files safe from prying eyes and criminals. The latest threats, like the new Cryptowall 2.0 ransomware, can be a difficult hurdle to jump, especially when they are disguised and designed to ruin you. Thankfully, you don’t have to take on these threats alone.
But, of course, nothing ever goes as smoothly as you expect it to, especially in the technology world, where hackers run rampant. This is especially true with Cryptowall 2.0, an updated version of a previous malware known as Cryptolocker, which locked down files on systems and demanded money for the decryption key. This particular threat takes advantage of unaware email users and tricks them into opening infected PDF files and zipped folders. These can be disguised as any number of official documents, such as invoices, purchase orders, bills, and complaints.
Unlike the previous Cryptowall variant, this new enhanced threat makes it much more difficult for users to recover their encrypted files. This forces them to pay the ransom or lose their files, rather than exploiting weaknesses in the ransomware to recover their files. Here are some changes the malware developers came up with for this new version of Cryptowall:
This is not a threat you want to meddle with, and by not taking steps to keep your business safe from it, you’re playing with fire. In order to prevent catastrophe, you must remain cautious at all times. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your company safe until a patch or solution has been implemented:
All it takes is one mistake to lock you out of your entire network. SMART Services can help your business avoid the pitfalls that could leave your business vulnerable. We’ll keep you in the technology threat loop so you can protect yourself from the latest dangers. For more information concerning Cryptowall or other security issues, contact SMART Services at 586 258-0650.