Not aware of what is ransomware? Find out below
Ransomware is a rare form of an attack that started back in the year 2013. It is a malicious software or simply a malware that denies you from accessing your data once it has taken over your system. By ‘ransom’ you would have gotten an idea of what exactly this type of virus do as it asks or demands you to pay a certain amount in order to get your data back. In addition, there is no conformity whether you would get your data back or not and you can only pray that the intruders doesn’t go all the way out leaking your data.
To help you be more aware, know that if you’re under the attack of ransomware, you would automatically be shown some instructions on how to pay a fee to get a key (decryption). The price range ranges about a few dollars to a thousand dollars. In most cases, the payments are made in the form of Bitcoin.
Whom does the ransomware target?
Anyone who has ample amount of data in need and does not utilize enough energy or security to protect it. It happens mostly with university personnel where to them, their data is of extreme importance that includes research work, student files/records, thesis statements etc. and as obvious, the institutes do not really emphasize on the security as they never really had a need of it in the past. But the time has changed, trust me it has. The ordinary defense system can be shattered in seconds. Other organizations like medical facilities having the formulas to different capsules and lifesaving drugs can be a soft target for the hackers. These drugs have high importance and hence becomes the to-go option for them. But this doesn’t limit them from hacking and asking ransom from the ordinary user, don’t think like that. You as a user are on threat on the regular basis without even knowing.
Since, now you know what ransomware is and how it can take away all of your life’s work, its time you find out how to prevent it.
A few steps are as follows:
- Update your operating system for obvious reasons
- Install an antivirus software or a ransomware protection softwares to do what it can
- Create a backup of your files to make sure you don’t find yourself in a state of distress if you become a victim
- While installing any software, do not give admin privileges unless you are pretty sure about it of being ‘safe’.
How can you get rid of it?
- Windows 7:
- Start your PC and tap on F8 to access the advanced boot options menu
- Tap of ‘Repair your Computer’ and tap on ‘Enter’
- Login with your Windows account and password
- Finally tap on ‘System Restore’
Windows 8, 8.1,10:
- Start your PC and press shift key to access the recovery screens.
- Tap on troubleshoot
- Tap on Advanced Options
- Finally click on System Restore
Pro Tip: As it is always rightly said that “Prevention is better than cure”. So before any ransomware can attack, always make sure to password protect folder and files on windows
Types of ransomware are as follows:
RaaS stands for ‘ransomware as a service’ is a malware supported by an anonymous intruder who distributes it and collects payments against it.
Lockers are a simple form of infecting your OS (operating system) and leaving no access to you of your system. Hence, you can’t access your files or folders anymore unless you pay the money or ransom.
A common type of virus that can do high level destruction. A recent example states a case where a hospital was infected with this virus leaving them with the disability of not being able to access their patients’ files.