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Ransomware is fastest growing malware threat for the computer, smartphones, and tablet users. The percentage of attack of ransomware has increased shockingly 550 percent in less than a year. This figure has been increased from 131,000 in 2015 to 718,000 in 2016. Ransomware is quite menace because it locks and encrypts files in your computer. It makes your files unusable and demand to pay the cybercriminals in order to unlock your files. Hacking agents are targeting those individuals or businesses that are not protected or are not using any recovery plans. Because only such victims will be ready to pay to recover their lost or encrypted data.

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To ward off this growing danger and help people safeguarding their lost data, four security entities have teamed up to find out some potential solution. Last week, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, in collaboration with Europol’s EC3 and Netherland’s national police (Politie), announce an initiative called No More Ransom. The newly launched website is to provide useful information about ransomware and better yet, it may suggest you special decryption tools to decrypt or unlock your files without paying the ransom.

Currently, these initial four have developed six free decryption tools and victim users can download them to decrypt the files encrypted by Chimea, Tesla, Shade, CoinVault, Rannoh, and Rakhni strains of ransomware. Malware always find the sources to attack on your system, so it is recommended to the users that they remove the malware infection first with antivirus software before trying to decrypt their files to prevent recurrence. These six tools will try to unlock the encrypted files using the commonly used digital keys that may be used by these types of ransomware.

These tools may be helpful to remove ransomware, but it is not guaranteed that these will be able to help all ransomware victims because not all the ransomware keys are known yet. However, according to the Intel Security’s chief technology officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as of now, it is a big step forward because it gives victims a third option aside from losing their data or paying the criminals.

No Ransom has a “Crypto Sheriff” section aside from these decryption tools that allows victims to report ransomware attacks by filling out the required information of a form with the ransom note left by the attackers. Once the form is submit, security experts will review the case and inform the user if solutions are available. In the “Report A Crime” section, Links to report a ransomware crime to the appropriate law enforcement agencies are also provided.

No More Ransom is a website that also has an extensive Q&A section that aims answering all common questions about ransomware. Q&A section is a great resource from the history of ransomware to useful descriptions of each type. This site also provides users with “Prevention Advice” that details the critical ways of how you can protect yourselves from ransomware attacks.

How to stay protected from ransomware

The first and foremost precaution is, always keep a backup of your important files. Keeping the two backups is the best practice, one store backup on an external device like a USB hard drive, and another backup store with a reliable cloud backup service. Also, make sure that after backing up you disconnect the hard drive from your computer to prevent it from being infected too. Another precautionary measure is, be extremely careful with attachments and links sent to you via email, even if you received them from the people you trust. Because hackers may target anyone to spread ransomware and according to security researchers that the most used ransomware vector now is spread through emails that have malicious attachments and links to infected websites.

Also, make sure that you keep all your software up to date because hackers constantly look for vulnerability holes in popular software to exploit. It is like cat-and-mouse game because developers roll out patches regularly to cover any potential bugs or flaws. Therefore, it is in your best interest that you constantly update your software if you want to take advantage of the fixes.

Last and the most important step is that you have good antivirus software installed for powerful protection. Because a strong antivirus program will not allow the ransomware and any other malware to attack on your computer. It can track any ransomware and virus before they do extensive damage.

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