According to ITProPortal ransomware continues to grow. Year-on-year, there’s been a 40% rise in ransomware attacks on Android smartphones and tablets. This may be down to inherent platform vulnerabilities, more activity in an increasingly lucrative activity, or something else. Whatever the case may be, protection against attacks is needed now more than ever.
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts a person’s files and demands payment to un-encrypt them. The first known ransomware dates back to 1989 and was known as the “AIDS Trojan”. Ransomware traditionally threatened to make user files public once something confidential was found.
This form of ransomware was time-consuming for hackers, as they had to root around on the victim’s system looking for something of value while remaining undetected. New forms of ransomware such as WannaCry cut to the chase and lock people out from their computer. Another layer of complexity is that most ransomware only accepts cryptocurrency as payment, making them difficult to track.
Although the threat of ransomware may be daunting, don’t feel too intimidated – there are solutions to the problem. By encrypting files locally with Filebolt and creating a cloud backup, you can prevent hackers from accessing your files. The locally stored files will be unreadable, and your cloud backup will give you the option to simply wipe your hard drive and reinstall your files afresh. Your data will be safe if it is unreadable, and your cloud backup will mean minimal disruption if you are affected.
We’re working on an exciting new integration that will make Filebolt even more effective against ransomware attacks. Filebolt with give everyone the option to have automated synchronization with Dropbox, allowing you to instantly backup all files in the cloud. We’re working on adding more cloud service integrations in the near future. We’ll keep you updated over the next few weeks when we have more news.
Yrjö and the Filebolt team