If cybercriminals deny me access to my critical systems and data via ransomware, should I pay the ransom?
NEVER EVER PAY THE RANSOM. There is no certain guarantee that you will be able to recover your data. The smartest thing to do would be to recover the data on your own or take the device to a professional to recover the data for you. Paying the ransom 9 times out of 10 ends up putting you out of money and all of the data that was stolen.
NEVER, EVER, EVER pay for Ransomware! OMG, I can’t believe some of you guys are actually suggesting that “in some cases you need to pay”!….??? Are you serious?
I’ve never come across a Ransomware that couldn’t find a solution to be resolved by a computer tech. I am somewhat of a tech myself, not a master, but decently skilled and I have removed several of them, over the years. As stated, if there is “no guarantee” that they will give you the key or remove the virus, then WHY WOULD YOU PAY???
If you get ransomware, immediately call an expert computer tech or take your machine to a trusted friend or relative who is one. But whatever you do, PLEASE – NEVER, EVER, EVER PAY the ransomers!