Ransomware is a common method of cyber extortion used for financial gain that typically involves users being unable to interact with their files, applications or systems until a ransom is paid. Ransomware hijacks files and locks them up using unbreakable encryption. This type of attack has yielded a lot of success for cyber crooks, making it a widespread and major threat for home users and businesses alike. Ransomware does not discriminate and is known to target Windows, Android, Linux and Mac, which means it is necessary to have all of your devices protected.
The most common way ransomware infects a device is by a user opening an infected file attachment, most frequently in email form. These emails may have what appears to be legitimate documents attached, but once opened by the end user the device is susceptible of becoming infected with malware. Another way ransomware can infect devices is through certain websites. These may be malicious websites, set up by cyber crooks for the sole purpose of infecting anyone who visits the site, or they may be legitimate websites that have been compromised by the cyber crooks and used to spread malware.
We have been called to businesses that have not backed up their data and lost everything to businesses that have everything backed up and their backup was corrupted.
– Founder Jason Fisch reports.
It is critical to make sure your malware software is up to date, you have two layers of protection from your router and computers, and you have a backup that archives as well as that you check to ensure that your data is backed up.
– Director of IT Jim Veronesi reports.
Follow these tips to stay protected:
On your computer:
- Make sure you have comprehensive security software installed, such as Webroot.
- The bad guys will take advantage of vulnerabilities found in software to install malware, so it’s important to keep the operating system and software on your computer up-to-date by installing the latest security patches and updates.
- Regularly back up any files stored on your computer. If your computer does become infected with ransomware, your files can be restored once the malware is removed from the computer.
On your mobile device:
- Avoid downloading apps from unfamiliar sites and only install apps from trusted sources.
- Back up everything on your mobile device so that if it does become infected and you can’t get access to your stuff, you can always restore everything from the backup.
- It’s also a good idea to install a security app in order to protect your device and data.
If you do get infected with ransomware, don’t Panic. Call Fisch! 845.590.1630.
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