Ransomware has become one of the most notorious cyberthreats. Once a ransomware Trojan infiltrates your system, it stealthily encrypts your files, including your valuable documents, videos and photos.
This entire process runs in the background so the victim is not aware of the problem until it’s too late. When done with its dirty business, the Trojan informs the user that their files are encrypted. If the victim wants to retrieve their files, they will have to pay a ransom, which is usually several hundreds of dollars, typically paid in bitcoins.
Many victims of ransomware do not have a strong knowledge or background in technology, so the inconvenience is doubled as they often have to find our what a bitcoins are and then where they can go to obtain them. What makes ransomware a particularly vicious scam is that the encrypted files being held ransom are still being stored on the user’s computer. This unto itself is a very sad and frustrating reality as the files are not retrievable without the unique encryption key. It is becoming obvious that ransomware is a big issue that Internet users should pay more attention to in order to preventing infection. After all, it is much harder to deal with the consequences afterwards.
Here are 10 simple tips to protect your data from ransomware: