Facebook’s security system was breached by ransomware last week, putting many user’s PCs in danger. The scam begins with a link in a Facebook message that leads the unsuspecting user into downloading a cryptolocker virus onto their PC. The cryptolocker virus encrypts all of the data on the user’s computer, and demands a ransom to be paid within a certain amount of time for the user to get their information back. Once the data on the computer is locked, there is no way to unlock it unless the ransom is paid. Even the FBI recommends users pay up since they have not been unable to track down these hackers or figure out the cipher to decrypt the locked data. This is only one example of the vicious malware lurking in cyberspace, waiting for an unsuspecting user to come along. How can you protect yourself from such a terrifying threat? In this case, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.
A basic way to defend your information against any form of virus is to to be careful what links you click on and what you allow to download on your computer. Basically, if it seems suspicious, it probably is. Don’t click on it, don’t open it, don’t let it download. Work to educate yourself about the latest phishing scams, suspicious websites, and email scams so that you will be less likely to be caught off guard.
Another way to beat a cryptolocker is the back your data up on an external drive regularly. That way, if your computer is locked, you will still have access to all of your files and important data. However, you need to physically disconnect the drive from your PC after backing up since viruses can attack the files on backup drives just as easily as hard drives.
Finally, it is essential to have good virus protection on your PC. No one antivirus program is capable of detecting all malicious software. We have an antivirus package we trust and recommend for all of our customers. Viruses can range from annoying adware to spyware that steals your personal information, and on up to ransomware that holds your computer hostage. The best way to protect yourself is to get good antivirus software to prevent attacks, especially in the case of cryptolockers which cannot be undone after they encrypt your data.
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