Money and Technology

What is Ransomware?

We have seen a few articles recently talking about ‘ransomware’ but just what is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of software that can either threaten to publish the data of the victim or block the victims access to their computer unless a ransom is paid. So ‘ransom’ – asking for money or reward and ‘ware’ is software. Ransomware.

How can you avoid or prevent ransomware attacks on your computer?

Here are a few ideas that can help you stay safe online and avoid ransomware incidents.

Always ensure your computer updates are done – you can set this up automatically. You can also install anti-virus and anti-ransomware software on your computer.

Keep ‘offline’ back ups – so a hard drive or alternatively back up to Dropbox or similar.

Don’t open attachments or links from emails addresses or companies that you don’t recognise.

Ask a family member or friend who is technically savvy to help if you’re unsure of how to do this.

What do I do if I am affected by ransomware?

Talk to a family member or friend or a local computer service company who should be able to help. They can also help with future protection.

You can also report any issues to CertNZ – the link is below.

Where can I find out more?

Check out www.cert.govt.nz (just a reminder that .govt.nz websites are NZ Governmental websites, read more about these here)

Stay safe out there and enjoy the internet!

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