Ransomware is a growing problem for small businesses today. These companies are often targeted because they can’t afford to lose access to their data. If their business depends on the information on their computers, a company will continuously lose money until their data is unlocked. One in three professionals will pay the ransom to get access to their data again, making this a very lucrative venture for a hacker.
Although the message that pops up on the screen won’t tell the business owner they have options other than paying the ransom, they do. There are tools to remove data-hijacking malware quickly and efficiently. For newer viruses that don’t yet have an available online tool, there are usually instructions online to help someone who has been infected remove the virus.
When a business owner is aware of the dangers of these viruses and takes steps to prevent them, they don’t have to be on alert at all times. Antivirus software, website restrictions and email scanning tools can help prevent malware from infecting a computer or network. Employees need to know the harm these viruses could cause and follow the company policies regarding email attachments.
By preventing these viruses, companies can continue to run their profitable businesses and not have to decide whether to pay a ransom to a hacker or spend hours removing the infection from their system. Malware is not just an inconvenience, if sensitive customer data is stolen, it could put the entire business in jeopardy. Consumers have a lot of options today and they may stop doing business with a company that can’t protect their information.
On the other hand, companies that are diligent about managing their computer networks and don’t put their customer’s information at risk will develop a better reputation in their industry. This will lead to more revenue and new customers as less responsible companies get attacked by ransomware and data breaches. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent these attacks with a high-quality antivirus software program and strict company Internet security policies. Most people have smartphones today and employees should be using their personal devices, rather than work computers, to access the Internet and check their personal email.