rThe best part about using a Macbook is the fact that you’re free of any viruses and stress from having to install antivirus software or dealing with deleted files and such. But of course, with the advancement of technology and skill, hackers have now found a way to sneak in ransomware into Macs, which is slowly starting to become worse as time goes by. This is the first time Apple has been hit with such dangerous and worrying software.
Because of this, how can we keep our Macs safe? And if you are the unfortunate one who fell victim from the cyber crime, how will you be able to remove the ransomware from your Macbook?
What is ransomware?
First off, what is ransomware? It’s software that encrypts your data and the hacker holds it for a ransom, keeping all data in your Mac captive until that ransom is paid. Not only do you lose money, but also, there’s the chance that important information of yours will be deleted! Just like viruses, these types of software can come from the Internet, from infected websites or e-mail attachments. It can even come from an app you installed.
What happens when my Macbook is infected?
There are two ways ransomware makes your Macbook unusable: By either locking your screen or encrypting files. A window will pop up notifying you of the infection and how to get rid of it, with information of who to pay and how.
How do I get rid of the ransomware?
If your Macbook was infected, do not panic! Here’s what to do:
- Unplug your Mac to prevent the spreading of the malware and call the police. It won’t save your Mac, but it’s important to notify them of the crime.
- Delete the infected files by simply searching them.
- Getting the data back is the difficult part. If you have an antivirus program, use it to delete or clean the infected files.
- If you have a backup hard drive, restore it to your Mac once it’s clean and head on back to work!
- If it’s impossible to get the important data back, the only way you can get it is by paying the hackers. Still risky (and frustrating!), as they might not even return it! But it’s the last resort, unfortunately.
How can I stay safe and prevent it from happening to me?
There are a number of ways to avoid ransomware from getting into your Macbook:
- Do not open e-mail attachments from unfamiliar people.
- Do not visit suspicious websites or click on suspicious links.
- Do not install software you are unsure is safe.
- Always update your Macbook’s operating system.
- Backup your files just in case.
- Download an anti-virus software.
The best thing to do is to keep your friends, colleagues and family aware of the malicious software and inform them on how to prevent it themselves. After all, the main reason as to why this still exists is because of people who fall victim to the cyber crime and choose to pay for the sake of saving their files. The more people are informed, the fewer victims there will be, and once that happens, hackers will slowly start to disappear. The best advice to avoid viruses is to always stay aware and keep alert, especially when on the Internet.