What is Ransomware and How to Prevent a Ransomware Attack?
Ransom – we are all aware of this word. It means asking for money for something held captive. In the world of technology, ransomware holds the same meaning. It is malware that holds the information of a certain user at ransom. It is encrypted. Once the information is encrypted, even large organizations can’t break into it. They need to pay the ransom before the data is released.
Ransomware is designed in such a way that it spreads across a wide network without hurting or targeting anything in way. Once it reaches the file server and specific database. Cybercriminals have already gained billions of dollars from different government and private organizations.
In 2021, almost 68.5% businesses have been affected by ransomware. Over the past couple of years, the percentage has increased manifold
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts your files and holds them for ransom. These attacks are usually spread through email attachments or links within the email body itself so it’s essential to be vigilant when opening emails from unknown sources. Additionally, you should also keep your systems up-to-date with the latest security patches in order to prevent attackers from taking advantage of any vulnerabilities in your system.
5 Steps to Protect From a Ransomware Attack
- Educate Yourself
The first thing you can do is educate yourself/employees about different ransomware simulation tools and techniques.
- Don’t Click On Unknown Links
Never click on unknown links. It can lead to your computer being compromised.
- Don’t Provide Personal Information
Never indulge your personal information on websites. The expert cyber attackers first collect personal info and then customize messages for you.
- Avoid Using Unknown USB devices
Only use USB devices you are sure of.
- Use Secure Networks
Always surf on a secure network. Don’t use public wifi. VPN is the best option.
As you can see, ransomware is a growing threat the online world faces. Even though it is something to worry about, a few simple steps can help you prevent it.
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