Ransomware is a type of advanced malware attack that takes hold of a device, either locking the user out entirely or encrypting files so they cannot be used. This type of attack can gain access to your device in a variety of ways. Whether downloaded from a malicious or compromised website, delivered as an attachment from a phishing email or dropped by exploit kits onto vulnerable systems, once executed in the system ransomware will either lock the computer or encrypt predetermined files. The attacker will then make themselves known with an “official” ransom demand, as well as thorough instructions and timelines on how to make a payment to either regain access to the device or to receive the decryption key for the captive files.
Protecting Your Devices from Viruses
The internet has brought a wealth of positive benefits for business but staying safe online is vital too.
Computer viruses, Trojans, worms and Spyware can access your device in a number of ways. Whether you receive an infected email, accidentally click an unsafe link in an email or web page, or download an infected file, your devices are vulnerable to attack.
Criminals can use a range of techniques to attack weaknesses in your IT systems, so keeping up to speed with the best tools for defence is essential.
There are several basic steps you can take to ensure your computer and your personal data stay safe.