How to stay protected against Ransomware

2 in 3 organizations fell victim to a cyberattack in 2018.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from their victims.

Ransomware can be used to hijack or encrypt your files and the only way to get them back is to pay the attacker for the encryption key and/or for the files back.

Attackers utilize various means to get access to your systems. These include;

  • Phishing Email

  • Bad passwords

  • Bad website link

Phishing is any type of attempt to trick you into doing something to benefit the attackers, usually through email. These phishing emails try to masquerade themselves as a trusted source, to try and get information out of those that view the email. Many include links to fake forms where they get you to enter your information.

Sometimes, clicking links on the phishing email itself already compromises you.

To ensure no bad passwords are used on your systems, make sure they are:

  • Atleast 12 characters in length

  • Special Ch@rac+ers!

  • UpPeR & LoWeR CaSe

  • Keep it Impersonal

Maybe use a password manager - these generate secure passwords for you and you only need to remember one master password. (make it secure!)


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