Should I pay the ransom if I get hacked?

When businesses are hit by Ransomware the immediate reaction is to pay up. But what if we told

When Ransomware strikes all you can think about is your files and data stored on to your PC. The immediate thing to do would be to pay the ransom and then everything will be fine and your data will be unharmed. In fact, this is the main thing you should NOT do and our blog today will understand and help you see why paying the ransom is one of the worst possible things you can do.

You aren't guaranteed to get all your data back

Just because a hacker says you will get your data back if you pay the ransom it doesn’t mean that you will. You may get some back but the rest of it will be encrypted so it cannot be opened or recognized by the operating system. If the hacker is feeling particularly sneaky they may not even give your data back at all. 

Paying the ransom gives them what they want, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are willing to be nice back to you.

It encourages the hacker

When giving somebody what they want for example, giving a child some sweets for good behavior they will continue to behave like this for rewards. This is the same principle with hackers. You give them the ransom, they continue to lock PCs for more ransom and so on.

The more money people pay the hackers the more it encourages them to continue. This is one reason why we always advise you to never pay the ransom. 

Your data CAN be restored

Luckily in this situation there is most definitely a solution. Why pay the ransom when you can just restore all your data again? The process is ‘Sever Imaging’. It is highly recommended as it takes an image of your whole PC every 15 minutes so all the data is backed up successfully. 

The service can backup all applications on the entire operating system so when restoring your data there will be very little data loss.

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