This article understands what ransomware is how you can prevent it. Ransomware is a type of malware which would make your data inaccessible or unreadable. It encrypts your data using some software and makes it unusable. Ransomware can be targeted on laptops, mobile devices and even web servers which store data. The following are some scenarios where attackers use to implant ransomware.
1. Ransomware can be send as an email attachment to users. The user then clicks on the attachment, which executes the ransomware which would then encrypt the data drive on the device.
2. Vulnerabilities on web servers can be exploited to implant ransomware. Attackers would exploit these vulnerabilities to execute the ransomware on the servers which would then encrypt the data drive on the device.
The attacker would then demand ransom to decrypt the messages. Typically the ransom is demanded in the form of bitcoins since it would limit the possibility of tracking the attacker. In some cases, in spite of ransomware money being paid, the attacker does not provide the encryption key to decrypt.
How to prevent it.
As the saying goes prevention is always better than cure. A proper data back up is the best possible option to prevent. Even if you have been attacked, you would have a copy of the data.
An anti ransomware software is a should have for all devices. Malware bytes is one of the leading vendors which provide ransomware protection. You can buy and download the software from Amazon.