Ransomware attacks are getting scarier by the minute. One of the latest targets was the 911 computer system in the Town of Palm Beach. Hackers locked three drives with ransomware. That left dispatchers taking notes with pencils and papers instead of inputting emergency calls into the computer system.
In this case, the community’s IT staff was able to restore the drives. Other places were not so lucky and have actually paid ransom to these crooks to get their PCs back up and running.
Among the targets of Ransomware so far this year, have been colleges and school systems, hospitals, churches, utility services, government agencies, and even pet rescue charities.
Part of the reasons these attacks are so hard to beat is that the latest forms of ransomware are super-smart.
Some are even capable of changing their code as often as every 15 seconds, which makes it very difficult for traditional security programs to detect them.
What can you do? Almost all of these damaging programs get into systems because people click on links in emails or on websites that download them.
You and everyone else in your home or business must be careful. Don’t just click on links or open attachments because they show up in your email.
Are you expecting a file from someone? If not, check with them first to see if they are indeed sending anything. Better yet, don’t distribute things like documents as attachments. Upload them to a shared file and have a policy of notifying everyone in advance when something is going to be made available.
Always have up-to-date security on your PC, too. The most important thing you can do is to think before you click. Read everything, no exceptions. These attacks are only going to get smarter.