Don't be held to ransom: Here's what to do if your information is compromised

There's many forms of ransomware online at the moment

Don't be held to ransom: Here's what to do if your information is compromised

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The threat of ransomware is very much a real thing for anyone carrying out any activities online. The aim of the attackers is to get money from unassuming users, and very often they succeed. 

Ransomware is a piece of malicious software that threatens to erase a user's files or to damage their reputation unless a ransom is paid. While some of these threats may well be empty, it's not often a risk users are willing to take and so they hand money over to the attackers. Even then, there's no guarantee that the information is safe. 

Here's some tips to help keep your information secure:

  • Watch your mails: Don't open attachments or click on links from people you don't know. If you think a message is Spam, just delete it. 
  • Updates: Ensure you download any software updates suggested by your device. This will keep your files safe from hackers, for the most part. 
  • Back up: If you have sensitive or important information on your device, back it up to a cloud or external drive. That way if you are targeted by ransomware, you can wipe your device but never lose your info. 
  • Help: If you fear you may be the victim of an attack, reach out to the Gardai and report it.

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