Cyber criminals have increased their use of ransomware attacks in the past couple of years. The WannaCry attack affected more than 200,000 users in 150 countries, and yes – it made many of them cry.
Ransomware is a piece of malicious code that encrypts all your files and locks you out of them. Cyber criminals then attempt to extort money from you – either pay them or you’ll never see your files again. It is estimated that 4,000 ransomware attacks occur each day. By the end of 2017 global loss will reach $5 billion.
A good preventive measure is an automated backup solution. However, if you’re using a physical external drive to back up your files, it will most likely be infected with the ransomware, too. The solution? An online backup service, which costs a little as 2 dollars a month. If you aren’t using one – start today.