How Do You Avoid Getting Hit By Ransomware

Expert gives advice

Tom Puckett
April 14, 2017 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As ECMC recovers from its episode of ransomware, an expert has advice on how you can avoid being a victim of ransomware.

"What happens is sometimes people will see on their PC a message that says we have your computer, and you have to pay a ransom for a security key to get your files back," says Aldo Giammusso of Aldo Media. "What ransomware does is encrypts all your data so you can't open up images and documents, and to get that key back they want you to pay for it. You'll see warnings that look like they're from the FBI to make it look official."

Giammusso says ransomware can get on your PC from nearly any source that any other malware (including viruses) can come from. That means you have to be vigilant when going through email.

This includes: 

- Visiting unsafe, suspicious, or fake websites.
- Opening emails and email attachments from people you don't know, or that you weren't expecting. 
- Clicking on malicious or bad links in emails, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media posts, instant messenger chats, like Skype.

Giammusso says if ransomware is older, security companies have been able to decrypt and figure out the key, so you may be able to find that key, but if it's newer, it may take months to figure out that 256 bit security, and he warns you're out of luck for a while.

Giammusso recommends backing up data onto an external drive, and have good antivirus programs running at all times. 


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