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Ransomware Attacks and How to Prevent Them 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. The reality is, we cannot really be certain how these mischievous hackers are planning to attack us next. These attackers can easily surprise us because while we are busy looking over our shoulders, ….WHAM! they Hit us On The Head! The threat of ransomware is a good example of a direct attack. When we speak of direct attack, it is not a stealth attack where the victim, without his knowledge, is extorted via logged keystrokes that capture passwords, account numbers, and other personal information. The difference is that you are directly attacked in ransomware. In this attack the victim’s files become unreadable and thus, rendered useless, by using malicious codes to hijack the victim’s computer files which they then encrypt. 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. The good news is that the same techniques used to prevent users from falling victim to those widely known scams are the same with ransomware. Here are some tips to prevent ransomware attackers from entering our files.
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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. If you want to download games, files, or software, make sure that the site you are downloading them from is a reputable site and not an unknown source. 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. The reaction of most people when they lose computer data is to panic and instinctively hand over the payment. Somehow, most of these payments are unreasonable ones. One ransomware program is actually not destructive. These programs threaten the user to extract payment, but it is actually an empty threat. What these attackers do is to use pornographic pop ups on the user’s computer, threaten to destroy their files every 30 minutes until the user pays the attackers and he is given an unlock code to retrieve his files. But, this program does not have the ability to delete or encrypt files. It only relies on the user’s need for a fast, cheap fix to what is essentially not a real problem.