Ransomware and fake email

Ransomware is a type of malware that makes your data such as documents and photos unavailable. Usually by scrambling (encrypting) the data so it is unusable. Then, offering to unscramble the data if you pay the ransom. Data recovery is not guaranteed after paying ransom.

Ransomware is usually spread as an email attachment or link to malicious program sent by email that appears to be legitimate organisation or from downloading free apps and games from illegal websites. Upon clicking on the attachment or the link, the malware begins scrambling the data and shows a ransom message upon completion.

What kinds of Ransomware emails can I expect in my inbox?

When should I hear alarm bells?

I’m suspicious about an email, what other clues to look for?

Best practice:

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