Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your files and demands payment in exchange for the decryption key. To protect yourself from ransomware, you can take the following steps:

  1. Keep your operating system and software up to date with the latest security patches and updates.
  2. Use a reliable antivirus software and keep it up to date.
  3. Be cautious of suspicious email attachments or links from unknown senders. Do not open them and delete them immediately.
  4. Use strong and unique passwords for all your online accounts.
  5. Backup your important files regularly to an external hard drive or cloud storage. This way, you can restore your data in case of a ransomware attack.
  6. Disable macros in Microsoft Office files and only enable them if you are certain they are safe.
  7. Use ad-blockers and pop-up blockers to avoid clicking on malicious ads.
  8. Be wary of downloading software or apps from untrusted sources.
  9. Educate yourself and your employees about phishing and social engineering attacks, and how to identify and avoid them.
  10. Consider using security solutions such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and security information and event management (SIEM) systems to detect and prevent ransomware attacks.