Avoid ransomware attacks with these simple steps

Recently, a different ransomware case has surfaced in the news every day. In 2018 the estimated global average of damage from ransomware was $8 billion; however, in two short years the estimated damage rose to $20 billion. 

Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. 

There was a cyberattack on the world’s largest meat processor forcing the company to shut down nine of the beef plants in the United States last Tuesday, and it disrupted production of poultry and pork plants. 

Top cybersecurity officials warned last Wednesday that the United States can expect to see more ransomware attacks as the nation sees more attacks on the meat packing and oil industries. 

Here is how to help stay safe from ransomware attacks:

There are a number of factors that “attackers” look at while targeting. Some examples include the following: if your device is outdated, if it does not have updated software or if a proper backup plan doesn’t exist for that device. 

To avoid being hacked you should stay away from clicking on unsafe links such as spam messages or unknown websites, avoid disclosing personal information, do not open suspicious emails, never use unknown USB sticks, keep your programs and operating systems up to date, use only known downloading sources and use VPN services on public WiFi connections. 


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