Some hackers are starting to offer a quick “rescue”… for a fee. In this method, they trick you in to thinking that you have a virus that will spread if you do not pay money to remove it from your computer. The scariest method they are using is that they pretend to be the FBI or CIA and say your computer was involved with some criminal scheme or used illegally. In order to avoid going to prison they insist you pay up right now.
So how does ransomware get onto your computer? It is so simple, the hackers send links that seem very convincing they are real then get you to click on them. The links could be in an e-mail or in a popup from a website you commonly go to OR mistyped in your browser. The links usually offer helpful data like:
- Tracking a package.
- Alerting you to a new virus found on your PC.
- Advising you to pay a recent traffic fine.
If you thought it didn’t get any worse… they even can lock up backups that are connected to your computer too like a USB or network drive! Having a backup is always very important, but with ransomware the RIGTH backup is needed. The right backup is stored elsewhere and created recently with all your important files on it. Before restoring your backup, it should be verified that it is not infected too!
To avoid getting yourself into a ransomware situation we recommend being very careful and wary of e-mail links and attachments even from family and friends. When in doubt DON’T CLICK IT! Remember that virus laden e-mails can be sent out automatically and unintentionally without the sender even knowing. This happens when they are hacked, or their e-mail address is compromised. Also, be very careful of popups that appear out of the blue, DO NOT CLICK IT.
We offer unlimited cloud data backup that is ransomware safe for your computer (Solo Backup) or you can bundle it with our other protection services that include virus protection (Virus Free PC or Worry Free PC. Contact us so we can keep your memories, files, and data safe.