Ransomware Keeps Growing – How Can You Protect Yourself?

ROFL 27-05-2015

There are plenty of threats on the Internet Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats When you start to think about all the things that could go wrong when browsing the Internet, the web starts to look like a pretty scary place. Read More , but few can be as scary as ransomware Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams Several prominent ransomware scams are in circulation at the moment; let's go over three of the most devastating, so you can recognise them. Read More . These particularly nasty bits of malware not only infect a user’s computer, but they end up trying to get money out of them Mac User With Ransomware? How To Easily Remove This "Malware" Threat The FBI Ransomware didn't only affect Windows users; Mac owners were conned into paying up. Ironically, however, the OSX version wasn't really malware, but merely a browser popup that is easily removed. Read More ! It’s a despicable thing to do, but sadly, it’s part of the world in which we live.

How does ransomware keep growing? How is it spreading. Everything you’ve every wanted to know about ransomware is on the infographic below! Share it with someone you think might fall victim to it.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL ..
    May 29, 2015 at 7:50 am

    If Your Hard Drive Fails Permanently, What Do You Do ? --- You Grab An OffLine Backup And Install The System From Scratch. --- The Same Applies In Case Of These Serious Threats. --- I Am Not Desperate To Have Serious Malware Threats - Ransomware Or Otherwise - But M$ Caused Me More Pain In The Last 20+ Years, Than All The Malware Put Together. --- Where Are Those Gigantic Threats ? --- Full Disclose Of My Sins: --- A - Not Using Newer M$ Updates Since The SUMMER Of 2009, --- B - Using IE8 For Video Streaming, --- C - Not Working As An Administrator Is A Real Pain - Sorry About That, Too. --- XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  2. Read and Share
    May 28, 2015 at 2:15 am

    @aesir1: Agree that one shouldn't use a computer with admin privilege as a matter of routine. But it seems onerous (to me anyway) not to give oneself the ability to work with and save one's own data files. That's why Microsoft gives all 'standard users' that right. What works for me is using an external drive to back up my data periodically. After all, everyone should be backing up his/her files, correct? Just be sure to plug in the USB cord when backing up -- and then leaving it unplugged / unconnected all the rest of the time.

  3. Darryl Gittins
    May 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    How to keep yourself safe? Why no mention of keeping your files safely backed up? That's probably the most important defense against Ransomware. You have to have a backup that is not perpetually connected to the computer.

  4. aesir1
    May 27, 2015 at 7:55 am

    When using windows, make sure you DON'T run daily use as administrator and if you have a file area with important files, make sure you DON'T have change access to this area (set up a separate admin account with full control access). You can still have read/write access, to encrypt a file the user being compromised must be able to change the file. Without change permissions the file can not be deleted or changed, therefor making the virus "harmless" (it will probably encrypt everything in your profile, ie my documents, desktop, downloads etc since you will have full control of these folders). All above helps but really, don't run as administrator!