What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware that targets information on your computer for the purpose of extortion.  After the user has been locked out of a system or important information has be gained, the cyber actor demands a ransom payment.

Examples of Ransomware

“Your computer was used to visit websites with illegal content. To unlock your computer, you must pay a $100 fine.”

Don’t be fooled!

Attackers often gain access to your computer and files by tricking users to disclose passwords or logins through email attachments.  Never click on unsolicited links or open attachments in emails from recipients you don’t know.

Ways to prevent against it

1. Install antivirus software on your computer and keep them up to data

2. Never open unsolicited emails and / or click on unsolicited attachment

3. Make sure you’re running anti spam software