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.