The latest WannaCry attack brought forth an alarming increase in mobile ransomware attacks this year in comparison to 2016. Kaspersky Lab reported an increase of more than 250% in online threats in the first quarter of 2017 alone.
Find out more about the dangerously increasing mobile ransomware threats from Tech Republic below.
Mobile Ransomware Attacks In 2017 Causing Alarm
The global ransomware epidemic continues to make waves, as last week’s WannaCry attackdemonstrated: In Q1 of 2017 alone, mobile ransomware attacks increased by 253%, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, released Monday.
Kaspersky detected more than 479 million malicious attacks from online hackers in the first three months of 2017. That is certainly an alarming number, considering most of transactions nowadays are done through the Internet.
Keep yourself safe from mobile ransomware, even from the latest WannaCry threat, with these simple tips. They may save your data!
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) May 22, 2017
How Will A Mobile Ransomware Infection Affect You and Your Data?
What is ransomware exactly? It is a file that enters your mobile device and causes havoc, reseting device passcodes and ultimately giving attackers access to apps and other personal information. It then holds your data ransom, locking you out of apps that contain private information, and demands payment.
Get more information about ransomware from the World Econonic Forum.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) June 7, 2017
We may never be 100% safe from all the malware, viruses, and threats that constantly come out. However, keeping security systems updated and being careful of the links you click on can save data from being corrupted or stolen.
Protect Your Data From WannaCry and Other Mobile Ransomware Threats
With the increase of ransomware attacks in 2017, not only are individuals at risk. Businesses also need to be cautious. Be wise with your online transactions, back up your valuable data on a separate server and use powerful security systems if you can.
Don’t be a victim of the latest WannaCry mobile ransomware attack. Learn more about this threat with this video.
With our gadgets containing our whole lives, we are always in constant threat with mobile ransomware. The increase in attacks for the first quarter of this year alone proves our vulnerability.
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