Ransomware is typically a type of Malware software that infects computers and servers through an attachment entering the devices. This attachment can enter computers through an email attachment, Network shared files and folders and USB and remote storage devices. Ransomware is spread by cyber-thieves.
- Ransomware encrypts all data and the hacker asks for ransom to decrypt the information and give it back to the users. The hacker holds the data hostage until the ransom is paid.
- The users are being tricked into opening a link or an attachment and the ransomware enters their computer and encrypts their data.
- The cyber-thieves usually demand the ransom via bitcoin. Bitcoin is an anonymous and secure way of transferring money.
How to avoid Ransomware and prevent to be hit by it?
There is not a single guaranteed way to be able to prevent the ransomware from hitting your machine, but the following items might help you reduce the chance of being attacked by these kinds of malware:
- Install Antivirus on your computer and keep it updated!
- Install a good and reliable Firewall
- Enable pop-up blockers in your web browser
- Be skeptical about the links and attachments that other people forward to your email
- Always have a good backup of your files in a storage that is not attached to the network or your computer.
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