What is Ransomware?

While not the newest form of online attacks, ransomware has become the weapon of choice for hackers and criminals who want to hold your computer hostage and make money in the process. Ransomware is a way to hold your computer and its processes ransom by an outside force often required payment to return your devices to working condition again.

Imagine logging onto your work or home computer, only to find that you cannot access your documents, work files and personal photographs. In 2017, thousands found themselves dealing with ransomware from the WannaCry attack.

The WannaCry attack in 2017 that affected over 300,000 computers across 150 countries worldwide and caused in rough estimations around 4 billion dollars in losses.
WannaCry infected older, unsecured Windows computers specifically through backdoors in the system. It was the most widespread ransomware attack to date and could have been prevented through the use of the anti-ransomware software.

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What are the Effects of Ransomware

Ransomware, similar to malware and viruses, can be stopped ahead of time before they do irreversible damage to your computer, causing loss of data, money, and the stress of having your valuable work or personal data held hostage. Unlike malware and viruses, which can be prevented by the same program, ransomware is a unique complex entity that requires specific protective measures.

Ransomware often exploits an unknown weakness in a seemingly secure system and, once on the computer, is impossible to remove. Unlike a virus which can be removed by an antivirus tool or using backups, ransomware digs deep into the system, holding key processes hostage, locking down the computer entirely. The only way to completely prevent ransomware is to stop it before it infects the computer as opposed to once it takes hold.

How can you Prevent a Ransomware Attack?

Ransomware is one of the most destructive, malicious programs that can take over a computer, it’s important to know how to prevent it. Do not assume that because that because you are protected against viruses, malware, and web tracking through other security solutions, you are also protected against ransomware. However, as generic antivirus software does not prevent against ransomware, a proactive standalone solution, such as Granite Secure’s Ransomware Defender, is required to prevent its propagation immediately.

Granite Secure’s Ransomware Defender is the comprehensive solution that was designed to detect and block ransomware before any damage can be done. It works automatically in the background to ensure total protection from any common or unique ransomware. Along with total security, it is also user-friendly and can be used in tandem with Granite Secure’s suite of security products for a 24/7 safe and secure system.

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