What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malware that encrypts files on a victim’s device, making them unusable. These encrypted files are used by hackers as a ransom in exchange for access to the files. Defend yourself from ransomware by

- backing up your data and securing the backups

- keeping security software up to date

- using secure networks

- staying informed and practicing safe web-searching

Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing methods of cyberattack. Everyone is at risk.

What is Malware?

Malware is software designed by cybercriminals to damage or destroy computers, leak private information, gain unauthorized access to accounts and more. Common types of malware include ransomware, viruses and spyware.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is the process of an attacker pretending to be a trusted source to obtain sensitive data, like passwords, banking information or personally identifiable information. Be alert and be aware. Use caution and good judgment before opening emails or attachments and clicking on links.

What is Password Cracking?

Password cracking is the process of obtaining an account password in an unauthorized way. Passwords can also be acquired by cybercriminals through spam texts and emails. To better protect yourself, use a mix of capital and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers in your passphrases/passwords. Use strong passwords and avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts. Each of your accounts should have a strong, unique password.

What Can You Do to Make Your Mobile Device More Secure?

Mobile devices are highly targeted by cybercriminals. Because we use our phones to communicate, online shop, pay bills and more, it’s important to remember that they can also be subject to security breaches. The convenience of using your mobile device opens doors for cybercriminals. Use the same caution for your mobile device that you use when you’re on the computer.

How to Protect Yourself from Email Phishing Attempts and Ransomware?

Email is an essential communication tool, which makes it a prime avenue for attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious code.

There are several methods you can use to protect yourself from email phishing and ransomware:

- Employ email encryption to protect sensitive information

- Hover over links and be wary of attachments

- Directly contact companies or individuals if you receive an alarming message

- Install antivirus software and keep it up to date

How Can I Be Cyber Aware?

As technology evolves, so does cybercrime. It’s important to identify the main methods of attack to help keep you and your identity safe online. Here are some ways to be cyber aware:

- Be aware and know how to identify what is or isn’t safe

- Use caution when sharing or verifying information

- Have security software on devices and keep it up to date

- Create strong, unique passwords and use two-factor authorization

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the protection of various digital components, networks, data and computer systems from cyber-attacks. There are many types of cybersecurity threats, including:

- Malware

- Phishing

- Ransomware

- Password attack

- And more