Beware of Ransomware

Beware of Ransomware

There are all kinds of computer viruses, adware, malware, spyware that plague the Internet.  Without the proper computer security, you may find yourself vulnerable to these digital infections.  One such type of computer virus that has been gaining momentum over the last few years is Ransomware.  Imaging you are walking into your office on a very busy day.  You turn on your computer and you get a white screen that takes over your entire desktop.  There are FBI logos on the screen and a message that all the data on your computer has been encrypted.  The only way to get your data back is to pay a hefty ransom using an anonymous currency exchange called BitCoin.  On February 5, 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles experienced this problem and was forced to pay $17,000 in order to gain access to their data again.  With the proper backup and computer security systems in place, the hospital would not have needed to pay that ransom.  If this situation sounds scary, it should.  No business is too big or too small to be a target for cyber criminals.  Is your business secure enough to handle a ransomware attack?  Do you have the same dictionary word as the password to all the computers in your office?  Do you even have passwords on the computers in your office?  For a long time, businesses and consumers have believed that Apple Mac computers are not vulnerable to cyber-attack the way Microsoft Windows computer systems are.  That false sense of security for Mac users has proved to be a greater cause for concern in recent weeks as Ransomware is now targeting Mac users.  Cyber-criminals cast a big net when looking for potential targets to compromise.  At Firma IT Solutions, we help you not be the low hanging fruit for cyber-criminals.  We offer an on-site assessment of your computer systems to determine your level of vulnerability.  We then offer remediation and management of your network and computer systems to give you peace of mind.  For one low monthly fee, we manage and maintain all of your IT.  Call us today at 305-619-8989 so certified IT professionals can secure the integrity of your data and make your business a harder target for criminals.  


Rodney Gullatte, Jr., BSCS
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