Ransomware encrypts and locks all data on a workstation, system or network.
Still unsure? For a simple overview please view this YouTube video (30 sec.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15Sc1mMM7do
So what’s your best defense? Be aware of everything you receive electronically. Some of the biggest ransomware attacks have been through attachments, and links in emails using common file types from trusted sources. Inspect everything you receive digitally, especially if you do not recognize the sender.
Ever receive a message that a website has been blocked for security reasons? Maybe the site has low web reputation. Even Google Chrome, and other browsers, utilize tools to detect issues. Never by-pass a security warning. Doing so may expose to a malware or ransomware exploit.
Never reply to a phishing message asking you to provide personal information, make purchases, submit banking information, provide passwords, or any sensitive company information. Always use extreme caution. Emails like this are designed to trick recipients, often through social engineering.
Please be cautious when logging in remotely from a public computer or on public Wi-Fi (free) networks. Public Networks, like Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Pizza Pizza, McDonald’s and others, are open networks and not entirely be secure.
In everything you do always use caution. Cyber-criminals are doing their best to exploit uncertainty during these uncertain times.