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Guide to Preventing Ransomware Attacks 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. What we don’t realize is that in cyber space, people can always find other ways to do mischief. So here we are carefully looking behind us, unaware that the attackers are busy stealing information from before our very eyes. The threat of ransomware is a good 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 perpetrators use malicious codes to hijack the victim’s computer files and they are encrypted so that the user is unable to read them and thus render them useless. 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. Although ransomware has not been a very widespread issue, hackers and users both become more sophisticated. Users who are only worried about phishing or keyloggers are blindsided by ransomware attacks. It is great to know that you can use the same methods use to prevent scammers to prevent ransomware in your computer. If you don’t want ransomware attackers to hostage your files, then here are some tips to follow.
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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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The links that you receive from unknown sites must not be followed. There are a lot of unknown sources where you can download games, files, or software, but be wary and only use reputable sites for your downloading purposes. Antivirus, anti spyware software, and ransomware blockers must be installed and updated daily. Keep you installed firewall and pop up blocker turned on. Update all your browsers and system software regularly. 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. People do whatever it takes to get their computer data back and so they pay the ransom for their hostaged files. You will find out soon enough that there is no reason at all to pay the ransom. One ransomware program is actually not destructive. They use empty threats to get the user to pay. It randomly activates pornographic pop ups on the user’s computer, threatens to destroy a file every 30 minutes until the user wires a conveniently low payment to the attackers in return for an unlock code. But, this program does not have the ability to delete or encrypt files. They rely only on a fast cheap fix to what is essentially not a problem.