You are vulnerable to cyber attacks no matter where you are

Today we are seeing a proliferation of computer attacks especially ransomware.

Just because you're an individual doesn't mean that hackers will leave you alone. On the contrary, all victims in some way have an interest in cyber criminals.

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"Yes, the phenomenon has already affected a company in Creus, which nevertheless has a detached and efficient team, maximum security. A special cell had to come from Bordeaux and while the negotiator was dealing with the hackers – it lasted several days – other people were checking that all the data had been backed up and therefore still in the possession of the company. Cyrille Bertrand, founding CEO of Wiclic, a company specializing in COMPUTER maintenance and product sales, explains. Like what at the same as the very bottom of France we are exposed to cybercrime more than ever.

Cyber criminals tend to take advantage of moments of inattention or neglect to dry the line in networks. All it takes is a mishandling or update delay and everything can tip over. "Yes, but often the problem comes from within. It only takes a moment of inattention in fact. Imagine a company with a hundred people, each behind a PC. The internal software is common, secure: we have boxes at the head of the network that scan everything that happens in the pipes. But a person on the team will click on a link, open a fraudulent email with an attachment, insert a USB stick and there everything spreads. And that's how the ransomware takes possession of your computer and steals your data. Ransomware is one of the most common threats today. Even in Creuse. I have people who called me after it happened to them. For the past two years, I have seen virulent attacks like never before. Wiclic's founder says. "You compare ransomware to a robbery… Yes. Yesterday, we came with a gun to rob you of the cash register. Today, it happens behind a screen." And a person who doesn't know in writing says to you, "I encrypted your data, give me the money and I'll give it back to you. he adds. After you try to open a Word document, you'll see that everything is written in special terms.

Worst of all, that hackers don't just target those who hold sensitive data. The primary objective of the types of ransomware attacks is to racketeering the victim. To do this you have to take inaccessible the contents of your computer. "Yes, because for example you have all your photos and you want them back. Hackers won't use your data, but they want to make it inaccessible to you. Take the case of a student who has all his classes, all his work, his memory… There are targeted attacks like this. Cyrille Bertrand points out.

The solutions to protect itself its quite simple in large part. It takes discipline and method.

"The first thing to do is to back up your data on a disk or external server. When I see a client for the first time, I first ask him who looks after his site, is he well protected, is his anti-virus up to date and if tomorrow he loses all his data, how does he do it? Even if a simple anti-virus is not enough to protect against these kinds of attacks. ».

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