The age of computers has brought us numerous benefits that have made our daily lives much more bearable and enjoyable. This rings especially true in office spaces, where computers are vital to ensure seamless day-to-day operations. However, like in the real world, there are opportunists that take the power of computers for their own criminal advantage.
There are programmers who create viruses, malware, spyware, and other threats that could harm a user, a computer unit, or even a whole industry or business when not neutralized. One of the threats that might be possibly the greatest security threat faced by people with important content on their computer is ransomware.
What is ransomware?
By definition of TechTarget, ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim's computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access is returned to the victim. Unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions for how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin.
What are the causes of ransomware?
Usually, ransomware can be caused by downloading any content on websites that are infected with a malware or that are unknown as phishing sites. Once downloaded, the malware will spread throughout the system’s programs and infect the user’s important files. Newer ransomware can even spread through the web and messaging applications.
How can I stop a ransomware attack?
If you have no idea of what to do to prevent or stop a ransomware attack, here are some tips to consider. Make sure to read this infographic from Landau Consulting in order to know your first line of defense against these attacks.