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Ransomware: Never Pay and Why

About Ransomware

We understand that ransomware can be a terrifying subject as it puts important data and information at risk which as a result can put patients health at risk. Ransomware refers to malware that changes files to be accessed via password only.  Cybercriminals can steal access to your documents and request money in return for the password to gain access to your own information. Unfortunately, ransomware can affect just one laptop or even an entire company server.

Why You Should Not Pay

When paying the ransom, it is more likely that you will lose money while never regaining access to your information. Additionally, it shows that you will be willing to pay the ransom and will become a target for further attacks. By paying the ransom you are condoning the behavior of cybercriminals and giving them exactly what they want.

Prevention is the Most Important Step

Phishing emails are the most common way for cybercriminals to initiate ransomware attacks. Furthermore, human error is the primary reason for any ransomware attacks. Thus, educating employees on this topic and prioritizing your cybersecurity budget is crucial.

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