Ransomware is a computer virus that is becoming more and more prevalent today. Cyber criminals know they can use this type of virus to make money as it locks any computer that’s infected until a ransom is paid. Usually, this type of virus spreads through emails, so understanding how to avoid it by knowing what to avoid is crucial.
Emails from Unknown Sources
Viruses are often downloaded to a computer when a person clicks on a link or downloads a file in an email from an unknown source. It’s best to avoid opening any emails from unknown sources, but this often isn’t possible for a business to do. Instead, they should be cautious and look for any signs the email might not be what is says it is.
If the person believes the email does include information they need, anything they download from the email should be scanned by a virus protection program before it is opened. This will help the person avoid opening a file that contains a known virus. Keep all virus protection software up to date to ensure it can detect and remove the latest viruses, as they’re being updated and changed every day.
Emails From Known Sources With Unusual Information
Ransomware viruses might also mask the return email address so it looks like the email is coming from someone the person knows. If the email doesn’t look right for any reason or includes a weird message with a weird link, it should not be opened.
Instead of opening the email, they can call the person to confirm the email was legitimately sent or they can run anything that could be downloaded through a virus protection program to ensure it’s safe to open. This way, they won’t have to open the email or attachment unless they’re certain it is safe to do so.
Email is the number one way for ransomware to spread, but it’s not the only way. The best way to avoid the need for an expert to fix the computers is to learn more about how to prevent viruses and to educate everyone in the business. Take the time to contact an expert on ransomware removal to learn more about prevention efforts you can use and how you can make sure you don’t have to call them later to remove ransomware from your computers.