What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware). Once installed, it encrypts files or blocks access to a system – effectively holding it hostage – until a sum of money is paid.
How it works
Usually, ransomware spreads through email attachments or through downloading infected files. The hacker may then threaten to share the target’s personal data or permanently block access unless the ransom is paid. However, it’s important to remember there is no guarantee of its return.
Inevitably, ransomware can be devastating. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the risks and take necessary precautions. Always back up your important files and don’t open attachments or links from unknown sources.
Ransomware can be extremely difficult to remove. The best thing to do is seek professional help rather than pay the ransom.