What is Ransomware?
Ransomware can be one of the most dangerously brutal forms of Malware threats out there these days. Ransomware has the ability to destroy your files and hold you to ransom for a magical unlock. A company that makes Ransomware effectively looks for vulnerabilities and installs its self on your computer without warning or permission. If your computer has been infected with Ransomware such as Crypto Locker, Petya, Crowti, Reveton, TorrentLocker, KeRanger, Cryptowall or RSA4096, there’s little you can do to get the files back. While some people have paid the ransom and got their files back, a majority of people are asked for larger amounts once the first demand is met.
The best way no not fall victim to a Ransomware attack is to constantly backup your valuable data to a device that you unplug once doing so. We can’t stress enough how many calls we get about Ransomware, at least 2 per week.
How does it get installed?
- Bogus links on sites such as Facebook or Twitter or other Social Media. (See Our Fake Accident Post)
- E-Mail accounts, (such as Fake Federal Police, Australia post parcel notifications, Fake Resumes)
- Outdated computer security such as Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware
- Outdated commonly used Software such as Windows, Adobe, Flash, Java etc
- Using any Windows operating system other that Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. (See why here)
- Installing Bogus Security software claiming to be helpful.
- Have Multiple Backups on Multiple devices.
- Use Strong Passwords on all your logins.
- Don’t Click on anything that looks suss.
- Be very careful opening e-mails. (Even from a trusted source)
- If you’re not sure, Google it.
In any case, Ransomware is breaking the trend of modern malware and goes back to the destructive origins of the viruses of yesteryear. Ransomware is one of the fastest growing online illegal activities in the World! If you would like us to ensure your computer has all the latest updates to help avoid these threats, lets us know on 03 5368 2611.
Check out our post about the WannaCry Ransomware Threat.
Check out our post, Lessons Learnt from WannaCry Ransomware.