Each year, cyber security risks like ransomware, malware, and phishing scams cost businesses billions of dollars. That is why knowing about what you are dealing with and taking the extra protections for cyber security is crucial for every business. Using a trusted network management company will help keep your business safe, but there are steps that you can also take as a business owner.
To offer more protection to your business and keep away from harm in the digital space, you need to know about all the attacks that you could be facing. Keeping that in mind, today we have come to you with a simple guide on Ransomware vs Malware. We will discuss the key differences between them and how they can affect your business.
Malicious software or popularly known as malware is one kind of software program that is coded to damage your computer or cloud system. The main goal of this software is to infiltrate your system and download a program that will have unauthorized access to your overall system.
Depending on the type of attack and the malicious code, malware is usually divided into various categories. Below is the most common malware you should watch out for.
Spambots are designed to take repetitive actions for an infinite amount of time before your system crashes. They are mainly used to perform DDoS attacks on websites or servers. With an overwhelming amount of traffic coming to your website, your system or server will soon be unable to handle it all and crash down.
Trojan horses are files that act like legitimate software but are actually malware.
Spyware is a common type of malware that will take in all of your information without your consent and send it back to the hacker.
Crypto-jacking is a new form of malware that uses your hardware to mine crypto coins for third-party users.
Ransomware has similar functionalities as malware. That is why it is classified as a special category of malware.
The goal of ransomware is to encrypt your files and system and asking for payment in exchange for the decryption code. One of the most common ways of being affected by ransomware is through phishing links or websites.
These links or attachments download the ransomware onto your system and block you from any kind of access to the files. For a business, this can be very alarming. So make sure to always double-check before going to any websites or clicking on any links.
How ANAX Can Help
Both malware and ransomware can do massive damage to any business. Although common sense is the best practice for the defense, as a business owner you always should keep all of your data backed up and save it to another off-site storage. Want to keep your business best protected? Contact ANAX today.