Just a little a short guide to ransomware which is a very real threat, that is on the rise and have a read and make sure you are aware.
Essentially ransomware is a malicious method of encrypting your important data such as pictures, documents, videos etc and locking them so you cannot access them. In some cases ransomeware can limit the function of your devices or render it unusable.
- Never open emails from unknown contacts or strange attachments
- Banks will hardly ever send you emails directly so unless you’ve specifically signed up to that service
- Don’t be fooled by pop ups when browsing the internet that say you computer is infected or has a virus, don’t click on these if in doubt close your browser or force quit.
- Make sure you have anti-virus/Internet security on your laptop/pc/mac/mobile device and that it’s up to date.
- Refrain from downloading software from vendors/sites/companies you’re unfamiliar with.
- Make sure you backup your data regularly either to the cloud or and external drive or both if possible
- if you do become a victim of ransomware the key thing is to speak to an IT specialist or has decent IT knowledge ASAP as there are methods of recovering your data for some different types of ransomware.
- if your machine is infected you’ll see a message explaining your data has been encrypted and that you must pay a fee to unlock it, there is no guarantee that they will decrypt and unlock your data if you pay the fee that is stated.
This is not an exhaustive list of do’s and don’t but it’s a good start.
Be safe and take care.