What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a malicious software that stops you from using your computer. The cryptoviral attack prevents assess to your files or applications until you pay a “ransom” to unlock the files.
Ransomware works by either locking your screen and or by encrypting your files preventing you from opening them. The malicious software targets personal computers, enterprise networks, and servers making anyone a target.
You can pay the ransom, but there is no guarantee that doing so will resolve the issues. The best way to safeguard your computer, data, and files is to avoid the following.
- Do not visit questionable websites
- You shouldn’t open email or attachments if you do not know the sender
- Before opening an attachment, you didn’t expect to receive confirm that the sender sent it
- Never click on suspicious links in social media post or messages
How can you spot fake emails, websites, and messages?
Spotting a fake email, website or message isn’t easy, but by applying a little common sense, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim. I find the number one giveaway is bad spelling, followed by bad grammar, and the use of unusual punctuation or symbols.
What you need to do immediately to prevent becoming a victim of Ransomware!
- Use a viruses, spyware, and malware security program
- Stop clicking on embedded links from unknown sources
- Backup your file to multiple locations
- Update and strengthen passwords
- Use multi-level authentication
Which viruses, spyware, and malware security program is the best? That would be the one that meets your needs across multiple platforms and systems, I like Norton by Symantec, but have also used McAfee and Kaspersky in the past. Not sure, Google viruses, spyware, and malware security programs to see what others are saying.
Norton by Symantec provides parental controls, protection for my PC, Macs, tablets and smartphone Android and iOS devices. I forgot to mention that as a XFINITY subscriber I have access to the Norton Security Suite of Products. Regardless of the viruses, spyware, and malware security program, you decided to use; it can’t replace common sense.
So, before you open that email, click on a link or open an attachment is the source credible? If you have any doubt, check with the sender or play it safe and hit delete.
About The Author
Bernard D. Gollotti, CCP is an ASIS International Board Certified Security Professional with over 30 years of real-world experience across multiple market verticals and disciplines. Ben founded PalmCentrix, LLC to connect end users to mobile security and safety solutions that you can use in the palm of your hand. He is also President/CEO of LARGO Consulting Services, LLC providing physical security consulting services, security industry specific social media consulting services, and business development consulting services in the Greater Philadelphia area.