Ransomware is one of the viruses in spyware that is already completely getting at a hand online. Unlike a virus which just destroys your system and data, Ransomware is all about extortion. What it will do is that, it will encrypt your data so that you can’t access it. The only way you can access your data is if you pay money to a company that would unlock it for you. Your data is basically being held for ransom. This is seriously bad because there are many data decoding or encryption decoding software out there that cannot fix and free data that was locked up by Ransomware. Iin fact, in many cases, if you don’t pay the ransom soon enough, the key that is used to decrypt your data will be lost forever. Even the Ransomware company that is trying to extort you can’t retrieve the key. This is seriously bad news so, it’s really important for you to make sure that your antivirus software is completely updated.
The good news about Ransomware is that when they get reported, antivirus companies quickly lock them down and detect against them. It is very hard for them to spread after a certain point so they, basically, have to keep spreading new versions of their virus to keep one step ahead of antivirus companies. That’s why it is very important for you to use a software that is constantly updated and more importantly, proactive. Not all antivirus software packages are proactive. They only wait for a report from the manufacturer of the company, that a certain type of software is a virus, and they would then act accordingly. There are some antivirus products out there that use prediction technology. This type of technology looks at the behavior of the software and makes a prediction of whether that sotware is, actually, a virus or malware. So, it s a good idea to use antivirus software that has a very proacticve approach in sniffing out potentially troublesome software. Check our security software section for a list of proactive products.