Tip #17 Don’t Be Forced to Pay for Your Stuff! (Ransomware)

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Ransomware is a form of malware that prevents or limits a user’s access to their files or devices . The malware encrypts a user’s information and locks it using a secure private key. The attackers then force victims to pay a ransom, usually in the form of bitcoins, before they can get access back.

Ransomware is a huge threat but there are ways to protect yourself.

  • Perform regular backups.
  • Keep antivirus protection up to date. Get free Antivirus software from Fordham here.
  • Do not click on suspicious links or open suspicious attachments.

For more information see our in-depth research on ransomware here.

 

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