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Ransomware: What is it & How to prevent it!

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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that prevents or blocks access to a victim’s personal data and holds it hostage until a ransom is paid. Usually threats of deleting your data or publishing the data accompany the ransom. In some cases your data is encrypted by the malicious software thereby leaving your data essentially lost or stolen until you agree to make the ransom payment.

In many cases the ransomware attacks are executed using a Trojan that looks like a legitimate file that a user is tricked into downloading or opening – usually in the form of an email attachment.

The types of ransomware attacks are evolving however as seen in one recent example, “WannaCry”, that traveled automatically between PC’s without user interaction.

Most recently, in 2016, a new form of ransomware, called Petya, came onto the scene that targeted primarily Microsoft windows-based systems. The Petya ransomware infects the master boot record on a PC’s hard drive preventing it from booting and holds the users data hostage.

Ransomware affects both consumers and businesses and you NEED to protect your data!

What do you do to protect yourself from Ransomware?

Many security vendors today offer features, such as Data Vaults or Data Shields, within their security software the guard against ransomware & protect your most sensitive data. Below are some of the security vendors products we have reviewed.

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Trend Micro Maximum Security: Stop ransomware and other threats.

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Get complete, multi-device protection against ransomware, viruses, dangerous websites, and identity thieves. An enhanced Folder Shield safeguards your valuable files and digital assets both locally and on cloud-synced folders like Dropbox®, Google Drive® and Microsoft® OneDrive®.

 

ESET Internet Security: Multi-layered security keeps you safe from the newest ransomware attacks

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Prevents the spread of ransomware by protecting against vulnerabilities for which a patch has not yet been released or deployed. Eliminates all types of threats, including ransomware, malware, viruses, rootkits, worms and spyware.

Malicious code can be easily modified or obfuscated by attackers, but behavior of objects cannot, so ESET detections take advantage of this principle.

 

Kaspersky Total Security: Protection against Ransomware & Viruses

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Because snoopers and phishers have a host of ways to steal sensitive information, we help you guard personal data, prevent online activities being monitored, block unauthorized access to your family’s webcams and protect data when your family’s connected to a public network.

Because you never want to lose any irreplaceable files, we help you safely back up your family’s precious memories. You can also encrypt files – so your family’s files can’t be read if they’re lost or stolen

 

AVG Internet Security – Unlimited: Now with advanced ransomware protection

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Banking, browsing, shopping — AVG Internet Security offers extra protection for those who live online. Shield yourself against hacker attacks, scan for malware and performance issues, and avoid fake websites.

Our Ransomware Protection now goes one step further: we protect your PC from attacks that would encrypt it for ransom, and we stop any untrusted app from changing or deleting your files.

 

Malwarebytes 3: Malwarebytes protects against Petya ransomware and its variants better than traditional antivirus.

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Malwarebytes Premium is Malwarebytes’ strongest protection ever. It fights threats that antivirus software isn’t advanced enough to stop. All threats are removed including worms, rogues, dialers, trojans, rootkits, spyware, exploits, bots, and other malware. Work, play, and socialize online freely with no worry.

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