Since attackers understand that data is an essential asset, it is no surprise that encrypting your data and holding it to ransom has become a significant security threat. Ransomware presents a serious problem and, under pressure to pay ransom within a limited period of time, many people see no alternative but to comply.
The reality is that dealing with ransomware is difficult. The most effective solution is to stay protected and avoid infection in the first place. Across your PCs and mobile devices, run regular malware scans and carefully check applications before you execute them. Take a stance of suspicion when it comes to email attachments, and trust nobody unless that trust is earned.
Finally, be sure to keep regular backups so you can retrieve your own data from an alternate source.