Ransomware and malware often hide in the following ways:
Email attachments: Cybercriminals often use phishing emails to send malware-laden attachments to unsuspecting users. These attachments can be in the form of documents, images, or even compressed files. When the user opens the attachment, the malware is activated.
Downloadable files: Malware can also be hidden in downloadable files from the internet, such as freeware, shareware, or pirated software. When the user installs the software, the malware is installed along with it.
Websites: Some websites may be infected with malware, and when a user visits the website, the malware is automatically downloaded to the user's device.
Social media: Malware can also be spread through social media platforms. Cybercriminals can create fake profiles, post malicious links or send direct messages with malware-laden attachments.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers: Ransomware can be spread through unsecured RDP servers. These servers are used to access remote computers and can be easily compromised by cybercriminals.
Network shares: Ransomware also can be spread through network shares, especially when users have weak or no passwords. Once the ransomware is on the network share it can quickly encrypt all files it finds.
It is important to keep all the software updated, use a firewall and anti-virus software and be cautious when clicking on links or downloading files from unknown sources. Find out how we can help protect you.