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Latest about Ransomware
from the Axiom Blog
There was a 6000% increase in the number of ransomware attacks in 2016.
The cyber-criminals behind ransomware brought in more than $1 Billion in 2016.
The cyber-criminal will 99% of the time demand payment in Bitcoin, which is a virtual currency that is difficult to trace due to its level of anonymity.
The encyption algorithm used in ransomware is so difficult to crack that even the FBI recommends paying the ransom if you need the data.
Use antivirus and malware software and make sure to keep your software up-to-date.
Enable automatic updates for your operating system and web browsers for vital security patches.
Once thought as pesky, a pop-up or ad-blocker can actually save you from the heartache of ransomware infected websites.
Only download software from trusted sites - especially free software.
Don't open attachments or suspicious links in emails from people you don't know. Be cautious even when opening files and links from your contacts
Use strong passwords and avoid reusing the same password on different sites.
Don't click the Close Button within an advertiser's pop-up window. Instead use the X in the top right corner to close the window.
Whether it's Windows Firewall on your personal computer or a hardware device protecting your network connection, a firewall will help keep you protected.