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Phishing For Answers: The Most Dangerous Form of Malware

Larkin Anders

Phishing for Answers is a video series answering common questions about phishing, ransomware, cybersecurity, and more. These videos are great to share with your colleagues, friends, and family! Today we’re talking about malware.

Over the past few years, more and more people have encountered some form of malware. And while there is no way to completely stop it, becoming aware of these types of attacks and learning how to fight against them is a step in the right direction. The most dangerous form of malware is known as ransomware. Ransomware is an attack in which a cybercriminal gets into your systems, steals your data and holds it hostage. In order for you to gain back access to these files, you'll be demanded to pay a ransom, or some sort of payment. Ransomware can come from anywhere. But the most popular way you can get ransomware on your system is through a phishing email.

Things you can do in order to protect yourself from ransomware

1. Make sure you have security software installed on your computer. This reduces the likelihood of dealing with such an attack.

2. You should also keep your security software up to date, as updates can assist you in dealing with even the most recent attacks.

3. You should also keep your operating system and any software you use up to date. You'll have access to the best and most up-to-date security features this way.

4. Examine each email to see where it came from and do not download or open any attachments or links. It's best to ignore the email unless it comes from someone you know.

5. Make an external drive backup of your data. If the data is locked, you can easily access it by using another computer. Of course, that data must be updated frequently.

Using these tips is very helpful and it will eliminate many of the ransomware attacks that appear. On top of that, if you do end up with ransomware on your computer, avoid paying the ransom. If you do, the attacker can request you to pay again and again, as there’s no limit. Contacting the authorities and hiring cyber security experts to help you regain control over your file is the right thing to do!

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