Online users are always up in arms waiting for a cyber attack, expecting the criminals to sneak in through a number of backdoors that have been already secured. What they don’t know is that instead of sneaking through the back door, these criminals are now getting right through your front door – metaphorically.
Hackers have become ingenious, devising ways to get to your computer and into your head. Previously, you were confident that your antivirus and firewall would detect any intrusion into your system. However, times have changed, and you have to be more vigilant when securing your files, data, and software. The latest form of attack on everyone’s lips is the ransomware. Just as the name goes, you have to pay some “ransom” to get something of value back. AmazingSupport gives you a peek into this malware, and what to do next.
How It All Starts
Everything starts in an innocent and unsuspicious manner. A marketing email or an enticing link and you are caught in the web of malware. These attackers now that human beings fall prey to anything that promises instant rewards. They come up with ways to make you click on that link or open that email fast. The only thing is that instead of getting the discount on a cruise, for example, you are getting into the hands of a “data kidnapper.”
A few years back, many people became victims of malicious apps that were attached to genuine apps. Many lost their critical information saved on computers and smartphones. This practice was handled easily by educating people on the importance of getting software and apps from genuine marketplaces. Ransomware is different.
Imagine you have been on the lookout for the latest Xbox game on the market and you receive an email telling you how you can get it at half the price. The next thing you do is open the email. Unknown to you, opening the email triggers the malware to start installing in the background.
How It Proceeds
Once the malware installs on your device, it starts to move through all folders and storage material. The malware is also programmed to attach to any mapped disks, cloud storage, files in removable media and on all workstations attached to a network.
The objective of the malware is to find files and folders and encrypt them. This means you cannot access these files from your end. The ransomware gives you two choices to choose from – to pay for the decryption or to lose your data.
What Do Most People Do?
Faced with the unimaginable possibility of losing critical data, many people panic and pay up. However, many end up finding that they have paid for no reason at all. This ransomware comes in different strains; some will threaten to destroy a file every few minutes. Either way, you need to be protected.
Though you might think that this threat is low in your organization, it is a great idea to work with an expert to make your network ransomware-proof. Taking chances might end up giving you sleepless nights and probably loss of data.