You might have already heard that the value of one Bitcoin has just reached the price of an ounce of gold. At the moment, one bitcoin will set you back $1,268, while one ounce of gold will cost you $1,233. Unfortunately, such rise can seriously encourage more hackers to step into ransomware business. Security experts have already announced that the amount of ransomware families keeps growing and has nearly doubled when compared to the last year. The same can be reported when discussing a typical ransom fee. During the last years, it has increased from several hundreds of dollars to $1K. For example, an infamous Locky ransomware requires 0.5-1 BTC. In the meanwhile, newer viruses, such as Sage 2.0 ransomware or Aes256 ransomware, have started requiring from 2 BTC to 10 BTC.
To prevent such enourmous money loss, you need to back your data first. Keep in mind that each of your important files should be saved in more than two destinations, including your hard drives, USB sticks or clouds. Then, take care of your system’s protection properly. After installing anti-spyware software, make sure you keep it up-to-date.