A Ransomware program has been reintroduced that you should know about because it is not only targeting business but is being used by low-life’s to play havoc on personal computers. If you “get” this virus your computer will be locked down and there is almost nothing you can do to unlock it. You may or may not be notified that you need to pay a ransom to regain access to your files. In many cases all your files will be wiped out regardless and they are non-recoverable. You will have to reformat your computer and reinstall your OS.
As usual, emails are the primary to spread the pain. Here is what you need to do to protect yourself.
- BACKUP! BACKUP! All your files (at least the ones you don’t want to lo
- In fact, make multiple backups. I suggest backing up to the cloud with dropbox or something like it and an external hard drive also. Do not keep the hard drive plugged in all the time.
- Do not even open emails from dubious sources.
- If you get an unexpected email from someone try to contact then sender and find out if they sent the email themselves.
- If you get an attachment in PDF format and when you open it up you get a request to open another file with either a .doc or .docx format DON’T do it.
- Lastly, consider using phone or tablet for most of your email correspondence. There can be problems there too but it isn’t as bad – yet.
You might even consider using a portable Linux distro or a Live Cd/USB for your internet browsing and email. You can read more at here.
I am not trying to be a doomsayer, but the time is likely to come when you will be glad to took it seriously.