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How Ransomware Works and What You Should Do
Understanding how ransomware works is the first step to protecting your interests. Here's what happens and how you can be proactive.
Ransomware is on the rise.
You may have heard of this term, but aren't sure exactly what it means.
As a computer user, you should take careful precautions to protect yourself against malware, or know what to do in case of a ransomware attack.
Keep reading to find out how ransomware works and how you can prevent it!
What is Ransomware?
Before diving into how ransomware works, let's take a look at what ransomware actually is.
A type of malware, ransomware is delivered to your computer system through various means.
Ransomware can make its way to you through the following:
There are different types of ransomware. However, each and every type will prevent you from using your computer normally.
How Ransomware Works
Ransomware works by first infecting a computer. Then, using modern cryptography methods, it encrypts files.
Once encrypted, the files cannot be decrypted without the "key." The key is what hackers will provide once you have paid them ransom.
Unfortuantely, hackers can target any computer users. Whether it's a home computer you're working on, endpoints in an enterprise network, or even servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider, ransomware can affect you.
This means ransomware can get onto your computer from nearly any source that any other malware (including viruses) can come from.
Ransomware can prevent you from accessing programs such as Windows, encrypt files so that you cannot use them, and/or stop certain web applications from running, such as your web browser.
What to do After a Ransomware Attack
How to Prevent a Ransomware Attack
The best solution to ransomware is to be safe on the internet. This includes with emails and online chat.
Check out the list below for how to make sure you stay safe on the internet:
What do you know about how ransomware works and how to protect yourself from it? Tell us about your experiences with ransomware in the comments!
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Steve E. Driz, I.S.P., ITCP