Ransomware & PhishingRansomware is a growing cyber security threat which could affect your business if you don’t have the appropriate protection. There are two types of ransomware; the first that encrypts the files on a computer or network. The second which will lock the users screen. Both will require a payment to be able to use the computer normally again. So how does it infect your system? Sometimes you are tricked into running a programme or clicking a link which contains ransomware which will arrive via authentic looking email attachments which is known as phishing. So how do we avoid falling into these traps when we receive emails?
- Look out for emails that seem too good to be true. Lucrative offers and attention-grabbing statements like you have won the lottery or some lavish prize, it is unlikely to be true!
- If there us a sense of urgency asking you to act fast or that your account will be suspended its very rarely the case & you can always visit the source directly rather than clicking the link.
- Check the hyperlinks by hovering over them. It could be completely different to the website they are posing to be.
- Check the email address for misspelling that you probably wouldn’t notice at a glance.
- Attachments that you were not expecting should not be opened, even if from someone you know, as they could have payloads like ransomware or other viruses.
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