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Ransomware attacks are growing more frequent and devastating to businesses, even small ones.

Unfortunately, it’s easier than ever for hackers to get their hands on ransomware toolkits and launch attacks through Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS).

But don’t let them fool you – you have power to fight back!

RaaS allows novice hackers to simply buy or rent ransomware strains instead of needing technical skills to build them.

Then they distribute the malware to victims through phishing, compromised sites, remote desktop access and more.

Once infected, ransomware encrypts files until you pay up. The hackers often provide “customer service” to facilitate the extortion payment! And they keep inventing new strains and tactics to evade protection.

But by following cybersecurity best practices, you can avoid getting fooled by these criminals in the first place:

  • Train employees to detect phishing attempts
  • Use strong spam filters and anti-malware software
  • Apply patches and updates promptly
  • Require complex passwords and multi-factor authentication
  • Limit user permissions to only what is needed
  • Backup regularly and keep copies offline/off-site
  • Monitor systems for odd activity indicating compromise

Also know that paying the ransom often doesn’t work. Hackers may simply ask for more money or steal data anyway. Restore from backups instead.

With the right layers of protection and awareness, ransomware doesn’t stand a chance. Don’t become another victim statistic. Stop attacks in their tracks and keep your business and data secure.