Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that blocks access to data or a computer system, usually by encrypting it, until the victim pays a ransom fee to the attacker. In many cases, the ransom demand comes with a deadline. If the victim does not pay in time, the data is gone forever or the ransom increases.
Ransomware attacks are all too common these days. With the right kind of security and backup system, you can prevent this from happening to you.
The FBI advises against paying the ransom to keep from encouraging the ransomware cycle. We can protect you from this kind of attack.
Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user’s interaction with the computer, without the user’s informed consent.
While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user’s behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as Internet surfing habit and sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways. This includes installing additional software, redirecting Web browser activity, accessing websites that will cause more harmful viruses, or diverting advertising revenue to a third party. Spyware can even change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and loss of Internet or other programs.