Simplest Answer? YES!
Ransomware infects a device and then denies the person access to their devices or files unless they pay a ransom.
How Does Ransomware Infect Your Device?
Ransomware most commonly infects a device through email or through a browser. When using email, the hacker will circulate an email that includes malicious code in an attachment or a link to a malicious website, hoping the person clicks the link or opens the attachment and then becomes infected. When using a browser, the perpetrator takes advantage of an exploit or a malicious download link, so when the person unwittingly goes to a malicious website or clicks the link on a webpage a malicious download infects the device.
What does “infecting” a device means?
It means all documents in your device will be encrypted. You will not be able to open it unless you have the code which the hackers held for ransom. Minimum $5K.
What is my best defense?