Komal Joshi · Oct 20, 2020 . 6min read
No More Ransom Registers 4.2M Visitors from 188 Countries
The No More Ransom decryption tool repository has registered over 4.2 million visitors from 188 countries since its launch.
By Victor Ugochukwu · Jul 28, 2020 . 5min read
In a recent press release, No More Ransom flexes its strides against hackers as it celebrates its fourth anniversary this month. The ‘No More Ransom’ decryption tool repository has registered 4.2M visitors since its launch from over 188 countries. The tool has helped to stop an estimated 632 million in ransom demands from ending up in criminals’ pockets.
Launched in 2016, No More Ransom helps users recover their devices, mobile or desktop infected by a ransomware computer virus. Even though ransomware attacks dates as far back as 1989, it only recently started getting popular from 2005.
The Wannacry ransomware attack of May 2017 is perhaps the most notable. It targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
No More Ransom is the first public-private partnership of its kind helping victims of ransomware recover their encrypted data without having to pay the ransom amount to cybercriminals. So far, the response from No More Ransom contributors has been overwhelming with registered 4.2M visitors and increasing by the day as these tools prove resourceful in their ordeals.
Below is an infographic showing the progress made so far
Easy steps to avoid getting attacked by Ransomware
In elementary steps, it outlines ways any victim of a ransomware attack should follow to get their files decrypted. But of course, prevention is still the best in any mishap whether common crypto scams like we saw in the recent Twitter hack tricking victims into donating bitcoins or even more sophisticated ransomware attacks. Some possible preventive measures include:
- Always keep a copy of your most important files somewhere else: in the cloud, on another drive offline, on a memory stick, or another computer.
- Use reliable and up-to-date anti-virus software.
- Do not download programs from suspicious sources.
- Do not open attachments in e-mails from unknown senders, even if they look prominent and credible.
- And if you are a victim, do not pay the ransom!
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