Ransomware: Prevent your computer from being infected
This week on “African Nova Scotia Directory," correspondent Victor NYANGULE writes about the growing cyber threat called ransomware, a type of malware that locks up a victim's files and denies access to a computer system until money is paid with a digital currency that is hard to trace. While this publication focuses on the effects of ransomware, just know that most attacks can be prevented when correct measures are put in place.
1. PRACTICE "CYBER HYGIENE"
Here are tips on how to prevent a ransomware attack:
2. BEWARE THE PHISHING EMAIL
The most common type of ransomware attack starts with a phishing email, which tries to get users to open an attachment or click on a link. The attachment or link then installs ransomware.
As I had mentioned before some of top 5 ways to spot PHISHING EMAILS Every Time. Here are few signs to identify phishing emails:
Be aware of where the email is coming from, and if it appears to be coming from a friend, call the person and ask if they sent an attachment before you open it.
Related publication: Top 5 ways to spot PHISHING EMAILS Every Time
3. ALWAYS UPDATE YOUR COMPUTER'S SOFTWARE
When your computer tells you to update software, please, do it. The process is called patching or bug fixing.
A patch is a set of changes to a computer program or its supporting data designed to update, fix, or improve it. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, with such patches usually being called bugfixes or bug fixes, and improving the functionality, usability or performance of the program hence computer will be safe
Over time, hackers find vulnerabilities within software, such as operating systems, Adobe Reader, and Microsoft Word. Vendors eventually patch those systems with regular updates so you need to update as well.
4. ALWAYS BE PREPARED
Last year (2018), a ransomware attack shut down the computer systems at Indiana's Hancock Regional Hospital. The entire network was held hostage until the hospital paid a $55,000 ransom. Its CEO, Steve Long, now warns others about the threat of ransomware.
Essentially, good organizational dynamics are what you need. So, the things you're trying to do anyway, that's what's going to help you get through this ransomware attack.
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