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What is Ransomware and How Does it Work?

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10 Simple Ways to Help You Stay Safe

  • Regularly test and check your back up copies so you aren’t hit with accidental failure which can damage your files.


  • Cybercriminals will often send fake emails mimicking notifications from a store or bank to try to get users to click a malicious link. Fine tune your anti-spam setting and don’t open attachments sent by an unknown sender.


  • Have the “Show file extensions” option enabled in your settings. Trojans are programs and can use extensions such as “exe”, “vbs”, and “scr”. You need a close watch since many familiar file types can be dangerous. Don’t install any program you don’t trust or didn’t deliberately download.


  • Keep your updates current. Attackers will exploit any weaknesses they can find in operation systems, browsers, and antiviruses to compromise systems.


  • Use an antivirus program to help protect your system. Some have capabilities to protect your important files if you end up being infected.


  • Install a browser add-on to block popups. Popups can serve as an entry point for ransom Trojan attacks.


  • Disable file sharing. If you happen to get hit, the ransomware infection will stay isolated to your machine.


  • Switch off unused wireless connections, like Bluetooth or infrared ports. Bluetooth connections can get exploited and stealthily compromise the machine.


  • If you discover an unknown process on your machine, disconnect from the internet immediately. If the ransomware didn’t erase the encryption key from your computer, you may still be able to restore your files.


  • If your files end up being encrypted, don’t pay the ransom unless you absolutely need instant access to your files. Each payment just encourages attackers and keeps the ransomware industry thriving.

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