Guide to Preventing Ransomware Attacks
Somehow most internet users know that there are a lot of hackers out there waiting for their chance to enter their computer through the 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.
We can classify the threat of blocker 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. What makes ransomware different is that it is more direct. 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. Then, the attackers will contact the victim, demanding a ransom in the form of a payment or online transaction in return for a decryption password.
Ransomware is not very widespread, but hackers and users both become more sophisticated. While more and more people are worried about phishing and keyloggers, ransomeware attackers are blindsiding them. Whatever technique you use without scammers will work with ransomware attackers too, and this is a good thing to know. Below are some tips to ward off ransomware from your computer.
If you do not know the source of the email or attachment that you have received, refrain from opening them. Learn more about software at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software.
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.
Installation and daily updating of antivirus, antispyware software, and ransomware blockers are important.
You should always turn on your firewall and pop up blockers.
Update all your browsers and system software regularly.
In order not to sacrifice your important files or programs when you wipe off your hard drive, if necessary, all your system files and computer files should be backed up online, on a separate machine or on disk.
People do whatever it takes to get their computer data back and so they pay the ransom for their hostaged files. However, many may find that they paid for no reason at all. The truth is, not all ransomware prevention software 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. However these programs cannot really delete or encrypt files. They rely only on a fast cheap fix to what is essentially not a problem.