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10 ways to minimise your risk from the Cryptolocker ransomware virus

06/03/2014

Cybercrime agencies worldwide are warning that computers may already be infected with the Crytolocker ransomware virus and only have a two week window to remove it. But what steps can you take to reduce the risk of your equipment becoming infected? Here are our top ten tips:

  1. Never open email attachments from unknown sources. Even if the sender's name looks genuine, check the actual email address before clicking on anything.
  2. Change to a spam and virus-filtered email service. Google Mail, for example, will not allow you to receive or send executable files (these are the kind which can install a virus in your system) as email attachments. This also includes those which are hidden in zip (compressed) files.
  3. Back up important data and content (photographs etc) to an external device and/or consider using cloud storage (eg flickr offers a large amount of free storage for photographs and video).
  4. Ensure that your operating system, internet browsers and security software is up to date and install updates as soon as possible after they become available.
  5. Install the latest versions of add-ons such as Java and Adobe Flash.
  6. If you are using the Windows 7 operating system, set up System Restore point. Alternatively, if you are using Windows 8, configure it to keep the 'file history'.
  7. Invest in some reputable anti-virus software and ensure you keep it up to date.
  8. Avoid adult websites as these are one of the most common sources of malware downloads.
  9. Be careful when clicking on adverts, and don't open links in Tweets from people you don't know.
  10. If you belive you have been infected, act quickly. It usually takes a little time fo the encryption to take place. Run anti-virus software immediately. While this can destroy the CryptoLocker virus before it has encrypted all your files, it will permanently delete affected files.

Original Source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Lifestyle-and-Leisure/Technology/10-ways-to-minimise-your-risk-from-the-Cryptolocker-ransomware-virus-02062014.htm



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