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What is Ransomware


Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts files on a victim's computer or network, making them inaccessible to the user. 

Generally, the attacker then demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key that will unlock the files.

Ransomware typically spreads or infects a computer through phishing emails, malicious downloads, or by exploiting vulnerabilities in the computer system. 

Once it infects a computer, it can quickly spread to other computers and servers on the same network, potentially causing significant damage.

There are two main types of ransomware: 

  •  Locker type ransomware, which locks users out of their systems by preventing access to the operating system or other essential features, and 

  • Crypto ransomware, which encrypts users' files and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key.


Ransomware attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, and can have devastating consequences for individuals, businesses, and organisations. 

Recent studies have shown that 60% of SMB’s that are victims of a successful cyber attack or data breach go out of business within 6 months.

There are steps that you can take to protect against ransomware, and phishing, which is the primary entry point.  

The team at Small Robot can help protect your business through our Advanced Security Simplified service which leverages cutting edge threat intelligence, smart analytics, and configuring the technology you have to protect your business against ransomware, phishing and other modern threats.

Contact us today for a confidential chat on how we can help secure your business against ransomware and other threats.

Until you take advantage of our service, the three best things you can do are:


  1. Secure your accounts with Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

  2. Keep all of your anti-virus, operating systems and apps up to date with the latest version

  3. Back up your important data, systems and identity stores


Team Small Robot

protecting and powering your digital world.

p: 1300 870 702

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