There is a new trend in online fraud that targets emails. CSO recently reported that at the end of March 93% of phishing emails are now ransomware. If you have never heard of ransomware, and you are the type of person who clicks on everything in your email messages, it is time to get educated.
Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system. This type of malware forces its victims to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods in order to restore access to their systems, or to get their data back.
Ransomware can be downloaded by unwitting users who visit malicious or compromised websites. It can also arrive as a payload, either dropped or downloaded by other malware. Some ransomware are delivered as attachments to spammed email.
Removing ransomware can be a nightmare, especially if you have not taken any steps to protect yourself. The process varies and depends on the type of ransomware. The best strategy is to protect yourself before you become a victim. Here are a few starting points to get you pointed in the right direction.