What is Ransomware? By now, most of us know that it ruins your files – mostly pictures, documents and other personally created items by encrypting them and asking for a “ransom” to decrypt them. Ransomware is a vicious malware that locks users out of their devices or blocks access to files until a sum of money or ransom is paid. Attacks cause downtime, data loss, major financial loss and intellectual property theft. If an attack makes it through a corporation’s defenses to even one computer – it can affect the entire network by encrypting and locking out files on network shared drives used by all employees thus potentially spreading to all computers. Ransomware can enter the network via an email, computer, phone, tablet or a USB drive. A file that is on an infected computer or USB drive and transferred to another computer can also cause infection and propagation. Social media sites can also be used to transfer malware via links and file attachments.
95% of security breaches are due to human error and lack of employee training and knowledge
What can you do?
– Be suspicious of every email you receive. Treat each as a potential threat especially if there are attachments and links included
– All of your computers including MAC computers should have a reputable antivirus service
– Don’t share thumb drives on computers you don’t know or if you are not sure they are “clean”
– Turn on the Windows firewall on your PC
– Backup your data and secure those backups.
– Be wary of what you are downloading on your computer
Quote to Ponder: “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air…” Ralph Waldo Emerson