Ransomware Attacks: Why You Need to Do More Than Backup Your Computer

Ransomware Attacks: Why You Need To Do More Than Backup Your Computer

(AbsoluteNews.com) – Ransomware attacks are one of the most insidious cybercrimes. Criminals infect the computers of individuals, companies, and even governments, threatening to publish data if they don’t pay a ransom. Hospitals have been a target throughout the pandemic.

In 2019, a study found one in five Americans were the victims of these types of attacks on their personal or work devices. The common solution is usually telling people to back up their devices so they’ll still have access to their information if they’re a victim of an attack. But that isn’t all they should do.

Here are some other steps people can take:

  • Do not give anyone your personal information over the phone or through online messages.
  • Don’t click on links from unknown sources.
  • Personalize your anti-spam settings to block attachments from formats you do not use like .EXE and .SCR.
  • Update your software often.
  • Use the Windows Firewall.

Also, it’s a good idea to purchase security software. If, for some reason, you’re the victim of a ransomware attack, contact law enforcement before you pay the criminals any money and ask their advice on how you should proceed.

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