By now, you probably have heard that since late last week, a ransomware virus has been sweeping across the world. #Ransomware is when malicious code encrypts some or all of the files located on your PC and network. The ones responsible for the ransomware direct affected user through a pop-up window to send payment to them in the form of usually-untraceable digital currency knows as Bitcoins. Each Bitcoin is equal to $1,805 and the demand is usually at least five Bitcoins. Once the ransom is paid, a decryption code is sent that is supposed to unlock the files. Often, the victim receives nothing in return.
This strain of ransomware is known as WannaCry, but in order to avoid that feeling, all you need to do is follow some simple guidelines:
- If you receive an email with a link, don’t automatically click on it. Instead, move your mouse cursor over the link and the real address for the link should appear. Try it with this link – www.copyquality.com. If the address that appears in the pop-up doesn’t match the domain in the text, don’t click on it.
- Not every message that appears to be sent from someone is actually a result of their effort. If you receive an attachment in an email that you are not expecting, do not open it. Remember that many forms of malware are sent using the email addresses of people who have you in their contacts list. A good rule of thumb is to suspect any message with an attachment that you were not expecting to receive.
- Resist the urge to click on ads and pop-ups that appear when you are using a browser. Many websites are easily hacked and often get planted with malicious code that can be brought down into a PC through clicking.
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