The goal of ransomware is to lock you out of your PC by encrypting the hard-drive and demanding payment to reverse the damage.
The threat of being infected by viruses is constant and any system is potentially vulnerable, from office networks to personal home computers. However, there are three main steps you can take that greatly reduce the risk of being affected.
- It is imperative to make sure your systems are regularly updated. Updating your PC ensures that you have the latest security updates and reduces your vulnerability to viruses. A month before the recent WannaCry attack took place, Microsoft released a security patch to fix the specific vulnerability that the cyber-attack targeted. Systems that were properly updated would not have been affected.
- Email is the primary way that ransomware is spread, as criminals will try to fool you into downloading the virus for yourself. Be on the lookout for emails that imitate familiar brands such as banks or telecommunication companies, or even people who you know. This tactic is known as ‘phishing’ and is the most common form of cyber-attack today.
- Finally, backup your data regularly. If the worst happens and you become a victim of a ransomware virus, your data will be lost. The only guaranteed way to recover any data is with a robust backup solution.
This article was produced by the Findex IT team