Someone in your company gets an email. It looks legitimate — but with one click on a link, or one download of an attachment, everyone is locked out of your network. How do you identify ransomware and what should you do to protect your business?
To find out how much you know about ransomware, select the correct response for each question or statement.
1. What is ransomware?
A. Software that infects computer networks and mobile devices to hold your data hostage until you send the attackers money.
B. Computer equipment that criminals steal from you and won’t return until you pay them.
C. Software used to protect your computer or mobile device from harmful viruses.
D. A form of cryptocurrency.
2. Local backup files – saved on your computer – will protect your data from being lost in a ransomware attack. True or False?
3. Which of these best describes how criminals start ransomware attacks?
A. Sending a scam email with links or attachments that put your data and network at risk.
B. Getting into your server through vulnerabilities and installing malware.
C. Using infected websites that automatically download malicious software to your computer or mobile device.
D. All of the above.
4. If you encounter a ransomware attack, the first thing you should do is pay the ransom. True or False?
5. Setting your software to auto-update is one way you can help protect your business from ransomware. True or False?