Ransomware is a type of malicious software that locks or scrambles files on an infected device. Payment is demanded in order for you to regain access to your files. However, there is no guarantee you will be able to access your files again. (Note that UIC does not make ransom payments.)
Ransomware often spreads as an email attachment, so be careful when clicking on links and files in emails.
If your system does become infected, it’s important that you have a good backup so you can restore your files. CIS runs a backup on all files located on the UICOMP network. At home, you can use a thumb drive or an external hard drive to back up your data.