Ransomware can drain your pocketbook and cause massive headaches. But what is ransomware and how can you protect your family? Ransomware is infamously harmful software. It locks your computer data, then sends a ransom to restore access. Unfortunately, many victims end up paying the cyberthief to restore their information. There is often a time-limit and the threat of losing your data permanently.
Imagine a stranger on the internet taking all of your data. This means your family pictures, banking information, emails, documents, and more. Now imagine they are holding those files hostage. Ransomware comes in different forms, but the thing they have in common is, you’ve guessed it, a ransom letter.
Some forms of ransomware include: crypto malware, scareware, lockers, and doxware. It used to be more popular in bigger businesses and banks, but now ransomware is targeting American families. It is smart to take proper safety measures to ensure your family’s data stays safe.
If you are already infected with a ransomware virus, never pay the ransom. Since this is an online stranger, you don’t know if they will ever give you your files back. They may keep extorting money from you or coming back for more. Ransomware is a big criminal enterprise. No matter what, don’t feed the machine. Report the incidence to your local police and take measures to protect yourself from future attacks.
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