Ransomware now gives you the power to infect others.

At this point, you should know what Ransomware is. And why is that exactly? Because it’s loud; it’s proud, and it wants to shake the living data out of you and your business.

But just in case you require a recap, Ransomware is an especially ruthless form of malware. It will seep into your device and encrypt all your data. If you want your data back, you’ll have to pay for it. The amount of this payment will differ – dependent upon who you are, what they’ve encrypted, and whether or not they’ve attacked you as an individual or your company as a whole. But the price of your data can run anywhere from $100 to $1 million.

Now, however, malware authors have taken this in another direction. If you don’t feel like paying to have your data decrypted, then you can simply infect someone else.

Detected by the MalwareHunterTeam, this form of Popcorn Time Ransomware gives you two options. You can pay for your data, as per the norm. Or you can infect two other users with the malware. If both users pay for the decryption code, your data will be decrypted for free. This way is otherwise known as “the nasty way.”

While it’s slightly depressing to think about Ransomware ripping its way through friendships, that’s not the only possibility. You don’t exactly have to be friends or even acquaintances with someone to send this malware to them. You might be enemies. You could also be competitors.

Imagine what would happen if one CEO was infected with this form of Ransomware and then sent it off to two other CEOs of rival companies. Things could get real ugly, real fast.

So to avoid all of that not-so-fun stuff, here are a few quick tips to remember:

  1. Keep your system up-to-date – Never allow your browser or software to fall out-of-date. An out-of-date device is more vulnerable because there are larger holes for hackers and malware to slip through.
  2. Don’t download unknown attachments from emails – Phishing has become one of the most widely used point of entries for attackers and malware. When you download a malicious attachment from a phishing email, you may accidentally download Ransomware at the same time.
  3. Back up your data – Always keep your data fully backed up. If your data is backed up, then you don’t need to pay anyone to decrypt your data. Why? Because it’s safely stored offsite.
  4. Don’t click on toogood-to-be-true advertisements – Ransomware can also infect your computer via malicious advertisements on websites. Click on the wrong ad, and you could end up deciding between paying a large sum of money or infecting two poor souls with Ransomware.

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