Ransomware is a type of malicious program that encrypts all your data once it infects your system. After taking advantage of vulnerabilities in your system, ransomware can spread to other devices and lock down your network. What's worse? Once the job is done the attackers demand a ransom, typically in the form of untraceable cryptocurrencies, to decrypt your own data.
Ransomware comes in several variants, with new ones being designed every day. Ransomware detection is a complex activity, but essentially, you should look for common activity patterns that a ransomware is known to employ.
Ransomware attacks can occur anywhere, any time. You can stay safe by following a few simple practices, highlighted in our guide below. You'll find everything you need to know about ransomware, and detailed steps on how to prevent an attack in the first place.