July 15, 2021
From the home user to the largest corporation, ransomware is now an issue for anyone who uses the internet. And now, with remote work and online learning so prevalent, it’s all too easy to become a victim of a ransomware attack.
Ransomware is most frequently spread by phishing emails and “drive-by downloading” (when a user accesses an infected website). It only takes one click to encrypt your data and be informed that if you don’t pay a ransom to unlock your data, you’ll lose it forever.
While you can’t prevent attempted attacks, here are several steps you can take to recognize and avoid being victimized by them:
If the worst does happen and you’re the victim of a ransomware infection, DON’T PAY THE RANSOM. You’re only funding the next attack, and since you’re dealing with criminals you have no guarantee they’ll even give you the encryption key if you pay.
The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (cisa.gov) instructs home users to immediately contact their local FBI office or local U.S. Secret Service office to request assistance—and to help send a tough message to cybercrooks that they’ve messed with the wrong person.
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