These actions will eventually cause them more expenses, because their equipment will be affected and they could also lose valuable information.
2. Distrust. When a download link is received by mail or message to receive an update, benefit or prize, the first thing to do is check if this is true.
For that, you have to enter the official sites of the entities that are supposedly sending that content.
3. Keep the operating system up to date. When the computer or cell phone gives notice that an update needs to be downloaded, do it because in this way the security patches are received.
Of course, it is necessary to make sure that said update is genuine and actually comes from the operating system installed on the computer (Windows, macOS, Android or iOS).
4. Have a security solution. Many systems integrate a security solution that alerts against possible hacks and vulnerabilities.
For this to work properly, you have to pay attention to the warnings received, stay informed about vulnerabilities and, if necessary, add an extra antivirus to enhance care.
What to do once the computer got infected
1. In cases of ransomware, paying the requested ransom is discouraged for two reasons. The first is that doing so is motivating this type of extortion to continue to increase; and the second is that sometimes by paying the user is not sure that he will recover his information.
2. Report the theft of information to the prosecutor’s office or corresponding authority to seek to identify and stop the cybercriminals behind these hoaxes.
It is a key measure to curb the spread of cybercrime, one of the great challenges that arise today in the digital universe.