Ransomware is a very scary thing.
Seemingly without warning, you can find your most valued digital assets locked up and threatened with destruction if you don’t pay someone, somewhere- money. A lot of money. All of a sudden, your pictures, your music, your financial files, your health files…everything you need and cherish has been taken away, maybe forever.
The way ransomware hurts people’s real lives is unprecedented. Yes, viruses and malware have been around for a long time. And yes, sometimes they’ve destroyed files and caused real pain. But never before have we seen a threat that targets the core of people’s digital lives like this.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the Ransomware threat is even scarier because it’s having an impact not just on people but organizations too. And not just any organizations, but some of those that are the most vital in our society. When a computer virus or malware manages to force hospitals in the United States to stop using their computers because it’s taken over, that takes computer viruses and malware to a new level of scary.
Attacks like this also make it seem like there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. It’s one thing for viruses and malware to hurt people at home. But it’s another when organizations are hit, especially ones that provide critical services. Don’t they have people who are experts at preventing threats like this? Don’t they have money to put the best protections out there?
When you take it all together, this all makes Ransomware seem like one of the scariest things we’ve seen.
Yes, it is scary. But we’re here today to help regular people understand that you’re not alone and you’re not helpless. We at Trend Micro have been working hard on this problem to help protect you and give you support.
Yes, Ransomware is scary. It’s scary because it’s a real, serious threat. The best defense is a good offense. Block ransomware from entering your computer in the first place with Trend Micro™ Security 10. And even if you aren’t running it and find yourself the victim of Ransomware, you’re still not on your own: Trend Micro here to help you try and recover from this threat.
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