Ransomware is one of the worst kinds of malware, in that it attacks our information stored on a computer and connected share drives and encrypts all files. Once the files are encrypted the infected computer displays a notice requesting payment to obtain the key required to decrypt the files and regain access to the data in them. There’s something personal about ransomware that makes it different from random malware attacks that turn our PCs into faceless bots.
Many Governments around the world have systems in place to detect and block this type of malware; however as this malicious software is constantly changing it is important that you follow good security practise by:
• not opening attachments included in unsolicited or suspicious emails.
• not clicking on links in unsolicited or suspicious emails and social media posts.
• storing important data in appropriate locations should the need arise to recover it.
If you receive an unexpected email with an attached document or included link then the best course of action is to not open the attached document and not click the link.
If you have any concerns as to whether an email message, attachment or link is authentic please always forward the suspected email message to your ISP.
In order to improve the security of your account:
• Use passwords that are not found in a dictionary and contain a mix of letters, numbers and special characters.
• Do not allow applications or web browsers to save or remember your password.
• Do not share your password with anyone.
• Ensure that your workstation is not left logged in and unattended. Either logout of the workstation or lock the workstation so that your password needs to be entered to unlock it.