What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware). When it gets into your device, it makes your computer or its files unusable.
Ransomware is a type of malware used by cybercriminals to prevent you from accessing your files or equipment. They then demand payment in order to reclaim your access.
How does it work?
Ransomware prevents you from using or accessing your data by locking or encrypting them. It can even cause your devices to cease working.
The effects of ransomware
Ransomware is a sort of malware that is both common and deadly. It can have an impact on both persons and businesses.
Ransomware has the potential to do significant damage. It has the potential to harm your reputation as well as cost you money.
What to look for
Ransomware is similar to other malware or viruses in that it can infect your devices. Consider the following scenario:
- visiting unsafe or suspicious websites
- opening emails or files from unknown sources
- clicking on malicious links in email or on social media.
Common signs you may be a victim of ransomware include:
- pop-up messages requesting funds or payment to unlock files.
- you cannot access your devices, or your login doesn’t work for unknown reasons.
- files request a password or a code to open or access them.
- files have moved or are not in their usual folders or locations.
- files have unusual file extensions, or their names or icons have changed to something strange.
If any of these things happen to you, check with your friends and colleagues first to see if they made any changes.
We advise you not to pay the ransom. There’s no guarantee that paying the ransom would restore your gadgets’ functionality. It may also leave you open to subsequent attacks. Rather, restore your files from a backup and seek professional help.
As a result, it is critical to back up your data and implement strong cyber security policies.