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Ransomware Takes Bite Out Of Apple

Users of iPhones and Macintosh computers are accustomed to seeing headlines about malicious software programs, assuming that they will remain unaffected by the problem. This complacency is borne out of precedent, with Apple relying on the concept of “security through obscurity” for it’s antivirus efforts. While this practice has been largely effective for the past 40 years, it appears that the widespread growth of iOS devices has finally caught the attention of hackers; and tailored programs are beginning to emerge.

The first major virus in this new wave started appearing this past weekend, using the popular ransomware scheme. As we’ve discussed on this blog before, ransomware infects your computer but doesn’t destroy any data; instead it effectively encrypts your information and extorts money from the victim to regain access. These threats are slightly different from the norm as they are instigated by criminals with purely financial motivations, but still pose an imminent danger.

But now for the good news: these programs are easily thwarted by using common disaster recovery techniques. First and foremost, effective backups are the key to any antivirus strategy. Whether your data is being destroyed or held for ransom, the ability to restore a complete copy of your archives removes any threat to your organization. It is critical that these backups are completed through a third party service and stored offsite, however, so that the same attacks don’t affect both original and secondary copies.

While the era of sunny contentment for Apple users is over, adopting security measures that Windows and Linux users have practiced for decades can provide the same level of protection. If you’re looking for a robust disaster recovery solution that provides both on and off site measures, look no further than The Data Vault Cloud. Our team of full service experts have been providing quality information management services for over 30 years, and the same level of commitment translates into the virtual sphere. Contact us today for more information on how we can help safeguard your hard earned success!

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