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Hand and Ransomware

What is Ransomware?

  1. Malicious software configured to keep you from accessing your information or device.
  2. Delivered as an attachment or as a link in an email that claims to be from someone you know.
  3. Criminal demands payment to give you access back.

How to Avoid Ransomware?

  1. Stop before opening unexpected attachments or clicking on links.
  2. Confirm the email is legitimate by making a phone call first, if you believe it is from a trusted source.
  3. Make sure critical files are backed up in a place that is not attached to your computer.
  4. Keep your software current by installing updates.

Yikes! Got Ransomware?

  1. Don’t pay until you talk with technical help.
  2. Stop and call the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 202-885-2550.
  3. There are no guarantees that if you pay you will get access to your files.

AU Cybersecurity Office of Information Technology

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