Published October 1, 2021
Ransomware infects your devices, encrypting personal data and holding it ransom. Once infected, unless you’re willing to pay an exorbitant sum, you may never see your files again.
Ransomware is devastating, and becoming alarming common. That’s why it is crucial to learn how to prevent ransomware attacks and protect yourself before you are a target.
Ransomware is rarely individually targeted. Instead, attackers usually acquire a list of emails or websites and send phishing messages with malicious links or infected files. Some ransomware attacks also exploit operating system vulnerabilities.
Ransomware can also access your email and impersonate you to spread the malicious software to your contacts.
Although it might seem far-fetched that criminals would hold your personal information ransom, ransomware attacks are frequent.
The most famous and devastating ransomware attack in history, WannaCry, attacked devices in 116 countries in 2017. It was designed so that, once someone affected a single device on the network by clicking a malicious link or files, it spread quickly and automatically to other devices on the same network.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. Get more tips for keep yourself, your devices and your personal information safe on the UBIT website.