Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Ransomware

You may have seen the extensive media coverage on the recent cyber-attack that impacted hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The attack involved a type of malicious software known as ransomware that encrypts the files of an infected computer until the user pays a ransom (money) to the hacker. It is spread by unsuspecting users opening links or attachments in emails.
We are glad to provide you with some information on the ransomware, what it does, and provides advice on how to prevent and recover from ransomware infections.

What is Ransomware?

There are different types of ransomware, lockscreen ransomware and encryption ransomware. However, all of them will prevent you from using your PC normally, and they will all ask you to do something before you can use your PC once again.
They can target any user’s PC, whether it’s a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider.

How can Ransomware get on your PC?

Ransomware can infect your PC from nearly any source that any other malware (including viruses) can come from. This includes:

  • Visiting unsafe, suspicious, using infected Flash memory or fake websites.
  • Opening emails and email attachments from people you don’t know, or that you weren’t expecting.
  • Clicking on malicious or bad links in emails, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media posts, instant messenger chats, like Skype

 

It can be very difficult to restore your PC after a ransomware attack – especially if it’s infected by encryption ransomware.

What should you do to be safe?
 

  • Do not click on a webpage link, in an e-mail, or in a chat message unless you absolutely trust the page or sender. If you are ever unsure don’t click it!
  • Avoid fake emails and webpages have bad spelling, or those looking unusual. Look out for strange spellings of company names (like “Googles” instead of “Google”) or unusual spaces, symbols, or punctuation (like “Security Solution.com” instead of “Securitysolution.com.co”).
  • Ensure you always get latest updates for your PC Operating System patches and AntiVirus.
  • Ensure having a backup of your critical files away from your PC in case you are infected with a ransomware.
  • Do not use CDs or flash memory from unknown source unless you are sure it is checked for antivirus.

 

We always look for your safety. It is important that you always remain vigilant to any suspicious activity.