Imagine you’ve been working hard to create a new presentation for work or an official document or a personal photograph album. When you finally finish the work, a message appears on screen that says
“All of the files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 24 hours to submit payment to receive the encryption key, otherwise your files will be permanently destroyed.”
You’ve been hit with Ransomware.
This could be lies – it could just be an empty threat, but it could also be very real and if you don’t pay then your files may be lost permanently.
What do you do?
Step 1: disconnect from the Internet immediately.
Step 2 : Make a choice on whether to pay
If you pay, then maybe you get your files back and maybe not.
If you choose not to pay then switch the computer off and get it to an expert ASAP.
Across the globe in 2014, there were 8.8 million ransomware attacks reported and this crime is rising rapidly.
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