When online there are many different viruses that threaten your privacy and electronics. One of the many that are out there is called ransomware, little known but still dangerous for you to fall victim to. By definition, ransomware is malware that hinders the user’s ability to access their system and data that they have on their electronic device. This is done either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files until a ransom is paid to whoever created the virus. Just by this, it is easy to see how dangerous of a virus ransomware can be and how important knowing how to deal with it is. Ransomware is a threat to anyone with important data online on their devices and it is important to know what those threats are. In 2016 there was an average of around 4,000 attacks per day with 72 percent of the people that this has affected being kept from their files for two or more days. Not only that, but the average cost that these online ransomers want is an astounding 333,000 dollars per ransomware attack. In fact a little more than half of decision makers in business consider ransomware to be “an extreme concern.”

This goes to show just how important it is to have proper protection from this sort of virus and how to prevent any sort of attack from happening in the first place. There are several different things that can be done to make sure that ransomware is not an issue such as: getting anti-virus software, using data encryption software, backup important files so that you can still access them even if the ransomware prevents you, and checking any files that are coming from unknown and untrusted places as those might contain a virus.

For more information about ransomware go here.