Get Smart. Get Protected
The pernicious rise of ransomware is a frightening prospect for everyday users and companies alike. By the end of 2015, Trend Micro predicted 2016 would become the Year of Online Extortion—and unfortunately, that prediction has proved true. In the first half of 2016 alone, a total of 79 new ransomware families were discovered by Trend Micro—marking a 172% increase over the whole of 2015—while nearly 80 million ransomware threats were detected and blocked by Trend Micro over the same timeframe. (cf. The Reign of Ransomware, TrendLabs 2016 1H Security Roundup). Sad to say, mobile devices are now also being targeted. Android™ mobile ransomware grew 15 times higher by June of 2016 than the leve it was at in April of 2015.
So what can the everyday user do to protect themselves from ransomware? The answer is twofold: get smart—and get protected. Getting smart means understanding how you can get infected by ransomware in the first place and taking steps to prevent it from happening. Getting protected means installing Trend Micro™ Security on your computers and mobile devices to help stop ransomware in its tracks. It also means learning how to use the security software’s features, such as Trend Micro Security’s new Folder Shield, to assist in that process. Keep reading. We’re here to help.
How you get infected by ransomware
Ransomware can arrive on your desktop or mobile device from phishing emails, compromised websites, malvertisements, social media, instant messages, or infected or fake apps you unwittingly install. All it takes is for you browse an infected website (which initiates a drive-by download of ransomware), unwittingly click a link in your email that takes you to a bad website or downloads a file, or that you do the same from your mobile instant messaging program. Once installed, the ransomware either locks your screen or encrypts your files, and the cybercriminal demands a fee to release the hostages. And though you may pay the fee by the designated date (never recommended)—which can be as much as $600 to $1200 or more in cash or its bitcoin equivalent—there’s no guarantee you’ll get your stuff back.
How to guard yourself against ransomware infections
You need to get smart, first of all, by taking precautions so you don’t get infected by ransomware in the first place, or can recover your precious devices or data if you do:
How Trend Micro protects you
Then, get protected, by installing Trend Micro Security Security on your computers and mobile devices. Industry experts recently recognized Trend Micro Security as blocking 100 percent of ransomware threats[i] and 100 percent effective protection against web threats as well,[ii] ensuring customers can effectively protect their valuable personal data with Trend Micro.
Why is Trend Micro so effective at blocking ransomware? First, we uniquely stop most ransomware before it even reaches your PC. Other security vendors aren’t as proactive in their protection, stopping more of it when it actually hits the hard drive, thus potentially increasing your risk of infection. To understand these concepts better, it’s useful to think of Trend Micro’s anti-ransomware protection (as well as that other vendors) as working from the outside in, potentially across four layers, all working in tandem: