What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that holds an individual’s or organization’s data hostage until they pay a ransom to gain access to it. It is a type of cybercrime that lock access to information on computer networks, mobile devices, and servers, forcing victims to pay to free their data. Typically, the payment is requested in Bitcoin – a cryptocurrency that is notoriously difficult to track.
No one is safe from ransomware attacks. Cybercriminals target companies and individuals alike. If the infected device is in a network, such as in a company, the malware can spread to the entire network and encrypt all devices on that network.
To effectively prevent ransomware, users need to inculcate a culture of awareness that gives the means to protect themselves and the organization from these cyberattacks.
How Does Ransomware Happen?
Ransomware typically happens when a user inadvertently clicks a link or attachment that results in these common ransomware attack methods:
Are you a potential target of a ransomware attack?
There are a number of factors that might make you the target of a ransomware attack.
How do you protect yourself from getting infected by Ransomware?
To prevent ransomware, user awareness and understanding of how ransomware happens is vital. When users understand the real impact of ransomware, they become invested in keeping their organization and themselves alert to cyberattacks. The following tips can be utilized to avoid you getting infected by Ransomware.