Cryptolocker: What You Need To Know
So what is Cryptolocker?
Cryptolocker is ransomware: malicious software which holds your files to ransom
The software is typically spread through infected attachments to emails, or as a secondary infection on computers which are already affected by viruses which offer a back door for further attacks.
When a computer is infected, it contacts a central server for the information it needs to activate, and then begins encrypting files on the infected computer with that information. Once all the files are encrypted, it posts a message asking for payment to decrypt the files – and threatens to destroy the information if it doesn’t get paid.
1. Make sure your operating system is regularly updated.
2. Purchase anti-virus tools, including Cryptolocker prevention kits
3. Do not open attachments from unknown sources.
4. Make sure you have a good backup at all times.
5. Move important data to a cloud provider.
6. Do not click on suspicious pop-ups.
7. Make sure your staff is educated on good computing practices.
8. If you feel you were hit, immediately unplug your computer from the network.
9. Change your passwords on a regular basis
10. Put in a good policy for opening attachments, emails, etc.
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