Ransomware is an increasingly prevalent cyber threat that is seen throughout the world. Attackers essentially hold a PC or files hostage and demand ransom to be paid to get the files back.
Ransomware can be transferred just like a normal computer virus, through email attachments, file transfers, a dirty USB or can be downloaded from a website. There is a misconception that having anti-virus software is enough to stop ransomware from occurring. Having anti-virus software is not enough to stop the highly evolved ransomware attackers.
What to do if you get attacked:
Immediately disconnect from the network & WiFi! If you suspect you are a victim of ransomware but have not seen the ransomware screen yet, you may be able to stop it before it can complete the encryption of your files. If you disconnect IMMEDIATELY, it may diminish damage.
Best ways to avoid an attack:
- Verify that you back-up your data. This is the single best way you can protect yourself. In this case, if you become a victim of ransomware, you may be forced to revert back to an earlier version of a document, but all will not be lost.
- Show file extensions that may be hidden. An approach some attackers take is with files that have hidden extensions such as “.PDF.EXE,” since your computer usually has a default setting of not displaying the full file extension.
- Filter “.EXE” files in your email. It may be a good option to filter or deny emails with “.EXE” files, if your mailbox has that capability. This will ensure you do not open an email with a possibly encrypted file.
- Invest in cybersecurity. This includes antivirus and active monitoring. Layering applications that are designed with the specific purpose of preventing malware attacks, such as ransomware.
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Information provided by the Microsoft Security Portal.