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Guide to Preventing Ransomware Attacks 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. While the victim is busy looking over his shoulder, the attacker may just run up and whack him over the head. We can classify the threat of ransomware as an 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. It is an attack in which the perpetrators use malicious codes to hijack the victim’s computer files and encrypt them rendering them unreadable and 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. It may be used to blindside more and more people who are only worried about phishing or keyloggers. It is great to know that you can use the same methods use to prevent scammers to prevent ransomware in your computer. Here are some tips to prevent ransomware attackers from entering our files.
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If you get emails or attachments from unknown sources, do not open them.
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Do not follow links that come from unknown sites. 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. Keep you installed firewall and pop up blocker turned on. All your browsers and system software should be regularly updated. It is important to back up on a separate machine, online, or on disk all system files and computer files so that you can wipe off the hard drive if necessary without sacrificing your important files or programs. People do whatever it takes to get their computer data back and so they pay the ransom for their hostaged files. Somehow, most of these payments are unreasonable ones. The truth is, not all ransomeware programs are destructive. It merely relies on empty threats to extract payment. It randomly activates pornographic pop ups on the user’s computer, threatens to destroy a file every 30 minutes until the user wires a conveniently low payment to the attackers in return for an unlock code. The user is made to think that the program can delete or encrypt files, but it cannot. It only relies on the user’s need for a fast, cheap fix to what is essentially not a real problem.