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Physical Repercussions of a Ransomware Attack
February 6, 2017



If you have fallen victim to a ransomware attack and need an expert on your side, Axiom Cyber Solutions is just a phone call away.

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Axiom is one of only a few companies that has ransomware prevention built into its products. Axiom's SecureAmerica Threat Defense Platform can detect and stop ransomware once it is activated on a network.

What is Ransomware?  

Imagine the following scenario:
You receive an e-mail that appears to be from, for all intents and purposes, your superior. There’s a familiar link to a payroll policy update included and you click to investigate. Soon after, a pop up has appeared on your computer screen informing you that your system and data are locked – and access can only be restored if a payment is made. At this point, you realize that you have been infected with something and the only two options you have are to either pay the ransom, or to ignore it, effectively losing all of the data on your system and/or network.

This is a classic example of ransomware. Ransomware is defined as a kind of malware that locks your computer screen and prevents you from accessing your data until you pay the “ransom” to the cybercriminal.

Ransomware Facts

6000% Increase

There was a 6000% increase in the number of ransomware attacks in 2016.



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$1 Billion

The cyber-criminals behind ransomware brought in more than $1 Billion in 2016.



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Virtual Currency

The cyber-criminal will 99% of the time demand payment in Bitcoin, which is a virtual currency that is difficult to trace due to its level of anonymity.



Strong Encryption

The encyption algorithm used in ransomware is so difficult to crack that even the FBI recommends paying the ransom if you need the data.



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Quick Ransomware Safety Tips  

Use Antivirus & Malware Protection

Use antivirus and malware software and make sure to keep your software up-to-date.

Keep Your Operating System & Browsers Updated

Enable automatic updates for your operating system and web browsers for vital security patches.

Use a Pop-Up Blocker

Once thought as pesky, a pop-up or ad-blocker can actually save you from the heartache of ransomware infected websites.

Only Download from Trusted Sites

Only download software from trusted sites - especially free software.                         

Don't Open Unsolicited Emails

Don't open attachments or suspicious links in emails from people you don't know. Be cautious even when opening files and links from your contacts

Use Strong & Unique Passwords

Use strong passwords and avoid reusing the same password on different sites.

Click the Window Close Button

Don't click the Close Button within an advertiser's pop-up window. Instead use the X in the top right corner to close the window.

Get Firewall Protection

Whether it's Windows Firewall on your personal computer or a hardware device protecting your network connection, a firewall will help keep you protected.



CONTACT US at (+1) 800-519-5070

Axiom is one of only a few companies that has ransomware prevention built into all of its products. Axiom's SecureAmerica Threat Defense Platform can detect and stop ransomware once it is activated on a network.