Intruders use increasingly sophisticated techniques to steal our money as technology actively advances. Short messages with links to photos or programs that might “interest us” but are actually viruses that take control of our mobile device or PC are frequently sent to our mail or mobile devices.
For instance, you could advertise a product you’re selling on an advertising platform. A short while later, you receive an SMS offering to trade your goods for another item with a link to the relevant product’s images. In fact, opening this link on an Android device results in the download of a special program that transfers all of your funds to an intruder’s account.
Sending mail messages with links and text encourages users to open these links, which is another common attack strategy. For instance, if an intruder offers you a good job, you must click on the link to complete the form. Your computer or mobile device will consequently become infected with a trojan, or so-called “keylogger,” which reads data from your hard drive, records keystrokes, and sends the attacker all of this information. The attacker will be able to identify your personal passwords and use them to steal money or personal information after analyzing the data they have received.
What is Ransomware??
Based on human psychology, ransomware is a brand-new method of making money for intruders. You see the message “You need to transfer$ 100 in order to restore access to the device and prevent data loss” when you click a link in this situation because your device is blocked.
The user typically sees this message when you open such a link because special program code modifies autorun or registry files. As a result, nothing will change and you won’t be able to access your device even if you send money to an intruder.
There are, however, more severe ransomware variants where you risk losing all of your device’s data. It should be noted that since malware does not create backups in this situation, no one will be able to remotely retrieve your information.
Therefore, in order to restore your system, you must use antivirus software or unique scripts. Don’t give money to intruders in any case!
How to protect yourself from Ransomware
The antivirus database needs to be kept current first. Antivirus programs typically succeed in preventing operating system infection.
Second, backup your data on a regular basis. To accomplish this, use a removable external hard drive or cloud-based services. You can always easily restore your device’s data if you lose it.
Most importantly, though, exercise caution. Statistics show that opening attachments to letters in your postbox, such as when opening attached pictures, is the most common way for malware to infect a computer or mobile device. Never read messages from unidentified recipients’ attachments. Using temporary mailboxes to conceal your presence online and filter out the most suspicious messages is the best way to safeguard against such messages. Statistics show that because temporary mailboxes have a short lifespan, they are least vulnerable to attacks of this nature.
Never open attachments to unidentified mail, and never open mail from unknown senders.
Never send money to an intruder if your device has been blocked because it won’t unlock. Use antivirus software or specialized scripts to fix the issue.