Best Ways to Protect Yourself from
Ransomware Attacks By Antivirus Software
If you've been paying close attention to the news in the last few weeks, you know that
many companies have been affected by ransomware. Recently, this type of cyber
attack has been increasing, and many organizations and users are naturally
concerned about it. You should be like that too. Ransomware is very annoying.
However, with proper preparation, you can significantly reduce the risk of infection
and, if infected, reduce the impact on you and your organization.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that infects devices, networks, and data centres,
locking the system and making it unusable until the user or organization pays the
ransom. Ransomware has been around since at least 1989. That year, a Trojan called
"PC Cyborg" appeared, encrypting filenames on hard drives and demanding that users
pay $ 189 in exchange for unlocking them. Since then, ransomware attacks have
become more sophisticated, more targeted, and more profitable.
What is the Infection Route?
Ransomware can be sent in many ways, but the most common is to attach the infected
file to an email. For example, today I received an email disguised as a bank. The logo
was correct, the link to the bank URL and my name were correct. The body of the
message said, "We have found suspicious activity in your account and you need to
install an attachment to verify your credentials." It sounds like a coherent story, but it
wasn't. This was a phishing attack.
I noticed that because it's unlikely that a bank would send a file and ask you to install
it. Checking your credentials is ridiculous. The attachment was infected with
ransomware. If I clicked, it was loaded on my system.
However, email attachments are not the only mechanism of infection. There is also a
drive-by download. This means that a user visits an infected website and the malware
is downloaded and installed without the user's knowledge. Ransomware is also
spreading through social me