Ransomware is computer malware that installs on your computer, executes an attack, and demands a ransom payment. Simple ransomware may lock the entire system and display a message requesting payment to unlock it. More advanced malware encrypts files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them.
As above, there are different types of 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 it.
They can target any PC user, whether it’s a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider.
To protect yourself from ransomware, you can start by taking these steps:
- Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall.
- Back up often.
- Enable your popup blocker.
- Exercise caution.
- Disconnect from the Internet.
- Alert authorities (perhaps the FBI, not the local PD).
As recently noted in WIRED, a new version of ransomware has been discovered that is unique – instead of forking over bitcoin, you can sell out a couple of your friends to resolve your own hostage situation … Happy Holidays, indeed! For more information: Popcorn Time Ramsomware.