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Is the email address recognizable?

If you are not familiar with the email address or the email address looks to have any suspicion, stay away.

Does the email contain a link?

Be cautious if sent and email that contains a link, especially if you were not expecting the email, or the link URL seems suspicious.

Does the message look legitimate?

If the message within an email is not accurate, has spelling and grammar errors, or has an assertive tone, proceed with caution. 

Protect Yourself!

Being proactive is the number one thing you should be doing to ensure you or your business is not the victim of Ransomware. Taking the necessary precautions will alleviate any headaches in the future.

Be Aware

Make sure that you are always staying alert and aware of what to look for.

Don't Click

Make sure you do not click on links that you are unfamiliar with, or that look unfamiliar.

Downloading

You also need to avoid downloading files from people you do not know or that look suspicious.

Back Up Data

Start getting into the routine of backing up files and to regularly saving the copies

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Preventing Email Phishing

How to Know You Are the Victim of Email Phishing.

Millions of people use a computer every day. What users don’t know is that they could be at risk of being a victim of ransomware...
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FAQ's On Email Phishing

Should I be worried about an email that looks branded by a reputable company as being a phishing attempt?

The answer is YES, you should absolutely be wary of branded emails, especially if it is a service that you may have never heard of before or are not a user of. If you are on the fence on if that branded email is legitimate or not, please refer to the above areas of emphasis to determine if you should proceed or not with that email. As always if you are unsure reach out to N-Tech or your technology provider.

How do I get my files back if I am a victim of Ransomware?

To get your files back you will have to pay whoever encrypted it. Sometimes there may be ransomware help desks, where they will give victims a few files back for free, so they know they are not being completely conned. The price of ransomware vary varies; it depends on the ransomware variant and the price or exchange rates of digital currencies. The average cost is $300, and the hackers usually prefer the payment in bitcoins.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of software that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files unless a sum of money is paid. Ransomware is considered “scareware” because it forces people to pay a fee by scaring or intimidating them.

Is Ransomware a new strategy used by hackers?

Ransomware attacks are not a recent threat. The first attack happened in 1989 and the payment demanded was $189, according to Symantec. It turned out to be unsuccessful because very few people had personal computers and the internet was mainly used by science and technology experts.
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