Protecting your data and device from Ransomwares

Protecting your data and device from Ransomwares

Every single person in this world wants to make a huge amount of money, and probably this is a good thing. But sometimes, it becomes a cheap market when every person seeks help of fraudalent ideas to make money and revenue. One such of a case is holding you ransom in any app and forcing you to pay money for an app which is totally fake or fraudalent. So, let's look at all aspects of this case and try to solve the mystery behind this scam:



Ransomware is a kind of app that restricts access or block further access to your smatphone or device until an amount of money is paid to the owners of that app. It usually works on two aspects:

  • It restricts access to your device and demand payment to their owners so you can access that particular app again, for eg. if you download any app for any demo version, then it will surely ask for further payment to regain access of its full app version. This is one such kind of example.
  • Ransomware apps encrypt your data from you external storage like SDCard, TransFlash and demand payment to decrypt the same data. Generally, they pretend to be a form of law enforcement agents and convince you to make the payments somehow.

But what's so good about Ransomwares are, they are pretty rare and it's like least probability they would be found on Google PlayStore or any other store as now onwards Google Play categorize under ransomware and they block such apps. Guess, they have made their milliions of users happy!


How to protect your data and device from Ransomware?

Although, many things are to be taken care of by Google PlayStore and they're working days and nights to keep ransomware off from the hands of any user but still you can't be sure unless you make efforts personally, so here are some of the listings which would probably ensure the protection of the data and device from ransomware:

  1.  Do not download any app other than from the trusted source like Google PlayStore, 9Apps, etc. They ensure the apps available are free from ransomware.
  2. Ensure Verify apps is enabled on your Google PlayStore.
  3. Take a hardcore Back up of your data just in case of emergency.
  4. Install Antivirus and other such apps, these might detect ransomwares in one go.


Android Nougat's Ransomware Defenses:

With the latest releases of Android versions, the existing probability of Ransomwares are decreasing day by day and with the latest release of Android 7.0 Bougat, they have added some defenses against Ransomwares like:

  • Stronger Locks: If you set a lockscreen PIN before installing any ransomware, it won't have official rights to misuse your device's permission to change your PIN and encrypt or decrypt the data.
  • Gigantic Clickjacking: "Clickjacking" simply means to trick people by making them click on something, often with use of dialog boxes behind the windows. But now, with the introduction of latest Android version, you're pretty safe with that as well.
  • Encouraging Safety Binders: From now onwards, apps can no longer see which other apps are active and which apps are hidden. So, the attacks based on the current activity has been stopped with Android Nougat version.

This is how you can protect you smartphone or any device against ransomwares, but if you have some more ideas, please share so we could be updated as well!!






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