What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to publish a victim’s information or blocks access to their data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware is typically spread through emails. The email normally includes a URL to another website and attackers then use a variety of methods to convince you to click on the link. These URLs usually lead to fake websites that have been copied from real websites, so they appear legitimate, to trick you into putting in your information. Once your information is in, they have access to any of your accounts that use the same credentials. Generally, this is when they send out a ransom request that you must pay or they will share all your information on the internet. However, there are steps you can take to prevent any of this from happening.
Here are 5 easy ways to protect yourself against ransomware:
|Keep your security software up to date. Up-to-date security is bound to keep you more protected.|
|Don’t open email attachments right away. This is the main ways that hackers get your information. Clicking on the links or opening the email is like opening the door to let them in.|
|Don’t pay the ransom! There is no guarantee that you will get your files back, if they even have them at all. Also, it could be another trick to get more of your information.|
|Call the company that the email is from to confirm whether the email is true or not if you receive a suspicious request or attachment.|
|Back up your data on an external device so if it is lost, it’s easier to get back. Or if it’s stolen and a hacker asks for a ransom, there is no need to worry because you already have all your files.|