Understanding the Difference Between Locker Ransomware and Crypto Ransomware


In today's digital age, the threat of ransomware looms over businesses and individuals alike. Ransomware is a malicious software that encrypts or locks a victim's data and demands a ransom in exchange for its release. However, not all ransomware is created equal. There are two primary categories of ransomware: Locker Ransomware and Crypto Ransomware. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between these two types of ransomware and how to protect yourself from them.

Locker Ransomware: Locking You Out

Locker ransomware, also known as "screen locker" or "blocking ransomware," operates by locking the victim out of their system or device. It does not encrypt the victim's files but rather restricts access to the entire system or specific applications, rendering the device unusable. Once infected, the victim is presented with a screen or pop-up message, often masquerading as an official government agency or law enforcement, which accuses the victim of illegal activities and demands a ransom to unlock the device.

The primary characteristics of Locker Ransomware are as follows:

Crypto Ransomware: Encrypting Your Data

Crypto ransomware, on the other hand, is a more insidious form of ransomware that encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. This type of ransomware has gained notoriety for causing significant data loss and financial harm to businesses and individuals.

Here are the key features of Crypto Ransomware:

Other (Scareware/Doxware)


In conclusion, understanding the difference between Locker Ransomware and Crypto Ransomware is essential for effective protection against these threats. While Locker Ransomware locks you out of your system, Crypto Ransomware encrypts your files, potentially causing data loss. A combination of security measures, regular backups, and user education can significantly reduce the risks associated with both types of ransomware. 

Stay vigilant and proactive in your cybersecurity efforts to safeguard your data and privacy.