Do Not Let Ransomware Attackers Catch You by Surprise
Cyber attack is now something that we can all anticipate, yet we do expect them to attack us through the backdoor in a way which is covert and hidden. The reality is, we cannot really be certain how these mischievous hackers are planning to attack us next. While the victim is busy looking over his shoulder, the attacker may just run up and whack him over the head.
We can classify the threat of ransomware as an example of a direct attack. What we are aware of are stealth attacks where we are extorted via logged keystrokes that capture passwords, account numbers, and other personal financial information without our knowledge, but this is not what ransomware is all about. Ransomware is more direct. In this attack the victim’s files become unreadable and thus, rendered useless, by using malicious codes to hijack the victim’s computer files which they then encrypt. Then, the attackers will contact the victim, demanding a ransom in the form of a payment or online transaction in return for a decryption password.
Despite its being not very widespread, ransomware is still a great threat to computer users. It may be used to blindside more and more people who are only worried about phishing or keyloggers. Whatever technique you use without scammers will work with ransomware attackers too, and this is a good thing to know. Below are some tips to ward off ransomware from your computer.
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If you do not know the source of the email or attachment that you have received, refrain from opening them.
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Do not follow links that come from unknown sites.
Only download games, files, or software from reputable sites and refrain from doing this from unknown sources.
Installation and daily updating of antivirus, antispyware software, and ransomware blockers are important.
You should always turn on your firewall and pop up blockers.
All your browsers and system software should be regularly updated.
All system files and computer files may be backed up on a separate machine, online, or on disk, so that the hard drive can be wiped off if necessary without sacrificing important files or programs.
The reaction of most people when they lose computer data is to panic and instinctively hand over the payment. Somehow, most of these payments are unreasonable ones. The truth is, not all ransomeware programs are destructive. These programs threaten the user to extract payment, but it is actually an empty threat. Pornographic pop up’s are used by these attackers which they activate on a user’s computer and then they threaten to destroy files every 30 minutes until the user pays a certain amount in return for the unlock code. However these programs cannot really delete or encrypt files. It just gives a fast, cheap fix which is not really a problem.