Ransomware — the term comes from “ransom” and “software” — is a type of computer virus that prevents users from accessing their systems until a sum of money is paid. Cyber-criminals implant this malicious virus into emails, websites and applications, that we unknowingly activate. It is often disguised as an HTML link or attachment. Once clicked on it encrypts certain folders, files and data on your device, locking it down and making it no longer executable unless the secret key is entered. In order to unlock your data you need to pay them a ransom. To avoid the law, these attackers make use of anonymous systems such as Tor and Bitcoin.

It is important to stay safe and protect your data. The infographic below is there to aid in identifying and avoiding a ransomware attack.

Please share this information within your circles, and lets put a stop to these cyber attacks.

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For more information visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx & http://za.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=rise_in_ransomware