Protecting Yourself from Ransomware
Today’s malware is frequently packaged with scare tactics and extortion schemes designed to steal your money. Learn how to guard against ransomware threats.–PC Pitstop.
By Dave for PCTechBytes.com
How To Protect Yourself From Ransomware
Ransomware is malware that prevents you from accessing your computer or the Internet. It is often the direct result of a computer virus or social engineering that allowed a human to gain access to your PC. Ransomware relies on scare tactics to trick users into thinking they have done something wrong, or extortion by encrypting the contents of a hard drive to prevent access to valuable files. Did you know you can get infected by ransomware simply from visiting a malicious website? That’s all it takes.
So how can you protect yourself from this scam?
Recognizing And Defeating Ransomware
The first step to protect yourself from ransomware is recognizing it when it happens. Typically, a user affected by ransomware will receive a law enforcement pop-up that looks somewhat legitimate. These pop-ups will attempt to scare a user into thinking they have done something illegal on their computer and will provide instructions on how they can buy their way out of trouble.
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