Ransomware Attacks 2017 is gradually reaching a level it could be referred to as a fever. Thus, you need to know what is Ransomware? and How to prevent or stop Ransomware attacks.
Some call it “Ransomware Fever” due to rapid rate of increasing report of attacks on internet users and majorly data driven popular organizations in the United States of America (USA). It is not a new cyber attack but it has increasing gained popularity in the last 3 years making it one of the booming illegal cyber business for the crooks behind the spread due to most victims preferred to pay ransom ranging from $150 to $500 for access to the keys to regain access to their encrypted data without reporting to cyber crime authorities in their country.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that carries out the cryptoviral extortion attack from cryptovirology that blocks access to data until a ransom is paid and displays a message requesting payment to unlock it – Wikipedia. What that simply means is that, the victim’s data will be coded via their malicious software and the cyber attacker would then demand to enter codes to unlock before regaining access which they alone could provide in exchange for a demanded amount and payment requested via Bitcoin to make their real identity remain hidden and sealed off from their victims and cyber crimes monitoring agencies.
How To Prevent, Stop Ransomware?
Considering the alarming rate at which this malicious software is been distributed via the internet now, there is need for you to take note of some basic safety and precaution measures:
1) Avoid downloading free software from untrusted sources online
2) Check to make sure your Antivirus is up-to-date including their latest patches
3) Download and install latest Windows patches for your version of Windows OS
4) Train your employees to identify malicious emails
5) Avoid opening or clicking on spammy emails
6) Make sure all your softwares are updated with there latest patches
7) Backup your data frequently on separate storage device and disconnect it from the active one
Ransomware attacks is on the increase in 2017. Thus, keep watch and stay safe online. Kindly share and comment about this article below.