Best Ransomware Protection 2018
Protect against the kinds of viruses that hackers design to infect your computer.
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of cyberware Trojan designed to quite literally hold one’s data ransom, using it as a means to extort money from an unsuspecting victim. Often, the trojan virus will make changes to one’s device or computer by either making data inaccessible, blocking access to certain systems and even sometimes stealing data in the process. The only way to gain this data back is to pay the ransom. But it doesn’t have to end that way.
How to Protect Against Ransomware
These examples (soon to follow) of ransomware just touch the tip of the iceberg. With cybercrime beginning to overtake traditional crime, 2017 taught us that privacy is becoming less and less of a choice. It’s not just businesses and large corporations that need to be wary but also individuals.
If it wasn’t clear already, cybersecurity is now more important than ever before. And the only way to protect against ransomware and other forms of cybercrime are through a multi-layered approach – here’s how:
- Keep all software updated
- Keep all of your data regularly backed-up
- Don’t click on or open fishy emails
- Most importantly, get your hands on a strong antivirus software
A strong antivirus will help to ransom-proof your computer or device via:
- A secure firewall or PC shield
- Patch and vulnerability management – keeps systems automatically updated
- App control – so that only known and authorized apps will run
- Regular scanning and analysis of your device for ransomware/malware
- File protection – if detected, an antivirus will attack and block the threat
- Automatic restoration of files
Overall, a good antivirus will be able to eradicate ransomware in little time (depending on the complexity of the malware). It will have trusted ransomware removal experts that can help to recover lost files, something very important for business owners but also the Average Joe – no one wants to lose their hard work, music or nostalgic photos to thieving ransomware.
With new ransomware being unleashed daily, antivirus should be your first line of defense and best bet for staying safe online. The question isn’t whether or not you should get one, it should be which one?
Avoid paying expensive ransoms and keep your data safe and out of sight from cybercriminals with a top-notch antivirus.
How Does Ransomware End up on Your Device?
Cyber-criminals most commonly use Ransomware Trojans to worm their way onto your computer or device via websites and even apps containing malicious programs. They can also end up on your device via phishing emails, and they don’t always look so blatantly suspicious. These emails are becoming harder and harder to spot, where seemingly harmless emails (such as an app asking for a star rating or even paying for a parking fine) can have devastating consequences.
Famous Ransomware Attacks
2017 saw data breaches and ransomware attacks happening at such a frequent rate, it is simply impossible to keep track of them all.
Most famously, in May 2017, a worldwide cyber-attack accredited to North Korea called ‘WannaCry’, targeted Microsoft Windows computers via a worm, affecting a grand total of 200,000 computers spread over 150 countries. The cyberhackers used asymmetric encryption malware leaving victims unable to gain access to ransomed files. The only way to unlock these files, and get the ‘key’ so to speak, was through making payments in the form of Bitcoin (so as not to identify the recipient). Total damages are estimated to range from hundreds of millions to even billions of dollars.
WannaCry was a harsh call to reality, showing just how damaging one vicious piece of malware can be and on a global scale. The attack had some striking consequences particularly to the National Health Service in the U.K. – where many services went offline during the attack.
Another more personal attack that actually began in 2016 (but was still resurfacing well into 2017) is the creepy ‘Jigsaw’ ransomware. Cyberhackers sent out an email with an embedded picture of a puppet-clown (the one from the Saw movies), and if a user were to click on the image, ransomware would immediately encrypt their files.
The threatening message would have anyone handing their money over as it threatened to delete files with every passing minute. If users took too long to make the ransom payment as the ticking clock counted down, files would be slowly but surely deleted from their computer.