Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files. The attackers will ask for a ransom or fee before providing a decryption key that allows you to regain access to your files. It is usually not possible to recover this encrypted data in any other way.
Be aware that malware can be transmitted through any type of electronic phishing or scam. Learn to spot these attacks to stay safe from ransomware.
Pay attention to the behavior of your electronic devices, if you notice performance issues, like consistent freezing of your computer this could be ransomware.
In some circumstances ransomware may begin to encrypt your data; if you notice you no longer have access to files or the names have been altered, ransomware may be the culprit.
Identification;learn to identify phishing emails and malicious pop-ups to decrease your chances of a ransomware infection.
Preparation - backup your information regularly;once a ransomware attack occurs, it's too late to recover the encrypted information. Your information may be lost permanently. Here is more information onbacking up your data.
Isolate or shut down the infected computer; if you're on Wi-Fi, turn off the Wi-Fi; unplug from the network if you have a plugged connection.
If you believe your device has been infected by ransomware, report the ransomware attack immediately to the RIT service Center by phone; 585-475-5000, or online; help.rit.edu.