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Do Not Let Ransomware Attackers Catch You by Surprise 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. What we don’t realize is that in cyber space, people can always find other ways to do mischief. So here we are carefully looking behind us, unaware that the attackers are busy stealing information from before our very eyes. Ransomware is all about 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. Ransomware is more direct. 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. This way, then can demand a ransom by asking for payment of an online transactions that will enable the user to get the decryption password. Despite its being not very widespread, ransomware is still a great threat to computer users. While more and more people are worried about phishing and keyloggers, ransomeware attackers are blindsiding them. It is great to know that you can use the same methods use to prevent scammers to prevent ransomware in your computer. Below are some tips to ward off ransomware from your computer.
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If you get emails or attachments from unknown sources, do not open them.
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If you receive links from unknown sites, do not follow them. 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. Some people panic and instinctively hand over the payment, when faced with the loss of computer data. Somehow, most of these payments are unreasonable ones. There are ransomware programs that are not really destructive. They use empty threats to get the user to pay. 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. However these programs cannot really delete or encrypt files. They rely only on a fast cheap fix to what is essentially not a problem.