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Guide to Preventing Ransomware Attacks Internet users are now very much aware that anytime they can experience cyber attack but most users expect their attackers to sneak in through the proverbial back door in a stealthy, covert, and hidden manner. The reality is, we cannot really be certain how these mischievous hackers are planning to attack us next. 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. It is not like a stealth attack where the victim is extorted via logged keystrokes that capture passwords, account numbers, and other personal financial information without their knowledge. What makes ransomware different is that it is more direct. In this attack, the perpetrators use malicious codes to hijack the victim’s computer files and they are encrypted so that the user is unable to read them and thus render them useless. The victim is then contacted by the attackers demanding a ransom in terms of payment or an online transaction in exchange of the decryption password. Although ransomware has not been a very widespread issue, hackers and users both become more sophisticated. While more and more people are worried about phishing and keyloggers, ransomeware attackers are blindsiding them. 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. If you don’t want ransomware attackers to hostage your files, then here are some tips to follow.
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Do not open any emails or attachments that come from unknown sources.
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If you receive links from unknown sites, do not follow them. Only download games, files, or software from reputable sites and refrain from doing this from unknown sources. Install antivirus, anti spyware software, and ransomawre blockers, and update them daily. Firewalls and pop up blockers should always be turned on. There should be a regular updating of all your browsers and system software. 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. One ransomware program is actually not destructive. It merely relies on empty threats to extract payment. Pornographic pop up’s are used by these attackers which they activate on a user’s computer and then they threaten to destroy files every 30 minutes until the user pays a certain amount in return for the unlock code. However these programs cannot really delete or encrypt files. It just gives a fast, cheap fix which is not really a problem.