Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. To counter ransomware a free scheme called No More Ransom is helping victims fight back without paying the hackers. Europol has announced that a new No More Ransom website has been launched to mark the project’s fifth year. Modern and more user-friendly, the new home of the Crypto Sheriff offers updated information on ransomware, as well as advice on how to prevent a ransomware infection.
The decryptors available in the No More Ransom repository have helped more than six million people to recover their files for free. This prevented criminals from earning almost a billion euros through ransomware attacks. Currently offering 121 free tools able to decrypt 151 ransomware families, it unites 170 partners from the public and private sector. The portal is available in 37 languages.
Ransomware infections occur in different ways, such as through insecure and fraudulent websites, software downloads and malicious attachments. Anyone can be a target – individuals and companies of all sizes. For best advice on prevention read all the prevention advice on the No More Ransom website.