Protect your PC & smartphone from Ransomware Attacks!
Heard of ransomware? It is a kind of malicious code used by the cybercriminals to destroy and hijack your personal data available on your computer or smartphone.
There have been many instances in which unknowingly users have violated the federal laws that result in locking their PC or smartphone.
Ransomware Hacks you need to be careful of
Ransomware for many criminals is like a big business for earning huge money. But it certainly leaves victims in long lasting trauma of losing their important and confidential data. If the figures are to be believed, CryptoLocker ransomware has infected over 1 million computers by now, as per Keith Jarvis of Dell's SecureWorks counter-threat division. Approximately 4 million Android users in United States bumped into similar ransomware.
Ransomware enters your PC and smartphone via e-mail attachments for infecting and encrypting your devices. As soon as your computer or smartphone gets hacked a message will appear on the screen with the ransom amount and a tab to ‘Unlock Device Now’.
Some people will believe that paying the ransom will help them unlock and retrieve their devices back to normal. But the reality is a bit bitter and different, even after you have paid the ransom amount you might not be able to unlock the hacked device. The reason is simple; the malware that hacked your device is still residing in your device. So, this means you will be at loss of your files, documents, pictures and money too.
Protect your PC and Smartphones
Here are some measures that will help you to keep such malware intrusions at bay.
Use Trusted Protective Shield: Make sure to have a strong protective shield for all your computers and smartphones. The protective shield includes anti-malware, firewall that has the ability to block such potential threats much before it harms your devices.
Enable Popup Blocker: Enabling popup blocker on your computer will help you avoid potential threats to a wide extent. If anytime you see a popup trying to intrude in your PC, then discard it by clicking on ‘X’ sign available on the top right corner of your PC’s screen.
Back Up is Important: If you often take a back up of your devices to an external hard disk or cloud, then you don’t need to worry! Just turn off your computer and start with re-installation. Try factory reset option for your smartphones.
Trusted Downloads: Make sure never to download any application or software on your PC or your smartphone from unknown sites. Try to download free or paid versions of applications from the official or trusted sites only.
Stay Cautious: Never click on the attachments that you receive via e-mail from an unknown person or source. Such e-mails and attached files often contain potential threats and infections to corrupt your PC.
Cut off from Internet: After taking all the cautions and if you computer gets hacked and a Ransomware note is displayed on your computer, then immediately disconnect your PC from Internet. Disconnecting the Internet connection will prevent transmitting your data. If you have back up somewhere, then turn off your computer and start with re-installation.
If you ever fall in the trap of Ransomware, then never take the risk of paying the ransom amount. At the same time never hesitate from informing the authorities about such attacks, no matter how minor or vulnerable they are!