Ransomware, in layman’s terms, is designed to extort money from end users by holding their data hostage. CryptoLocker (and its variants) is a type of ransomware that infects a computer and seeks out common data files, such as pictures, music, PDFs and Word/Excel documents. It then encrypts those files so the user can’t open them, leaving the victim two choices: pay the cybercriminal or lose the data.
Ransomware prevention is crucial in today’s world of shared documents, Internet access and email vulnerabilities. Take the ten steps outlined in this handout to keep your data safe and protected:
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