Ransomeware – Are You Prepared?
Ransomeware – Are you prepared? This video tutorial shows you one way of preparing yourself against a ramsomeware infection – For those of you that don’t know what Ransomeware is, Trend Micro has a great description: Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system. This type of malware forces its victims to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods in order to grant access to their systems, or to get their data back. Some ransomware encrypts files (called Cryptolocker). Other ransomware use TOR to hide C&C communications (called CTB Locker).
The ransom prices vary, ranging from $USD 24 to more than $USD 600, or even its bitcoin equivalent. It is important to note, however, that paying for the ransom does not guarantee that users can eventually access the infected system.
Users may encounter this threat through a variety of means. Ransomware can be downloaded by unwitting users by visiting malicious or compromised websites. It can also arrive as a payload, either dropped or downloaded by other malware. Some ransomware are delivered as attachments to spammed email.
Once executed in the system, a ransomware can either (1) lock the computer screen or (2) encrypt predetermined files with a password. In the first scenario, a ransomware shows a full-screen image or notification, which prevents victims from using their system. This also shows the instructions on how users can pay for the ransom. The second type of ransomware locks files like documents, spreadsheets and other important files.
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Plug in your drive and run your syncback free profile often to keep your files up to date, ( Don’t forget to safely remove it afterwards! ). This way if you do get hit by ransomeware you can clean your computer with something like Malwarebytes ( see this article ) and restore your uninfected files to your computer