Look Out for Ransomware
There has been a lot of news stories about ransomware. Ransomware is a computer program that locks up some or all of your computer. You must pay the software users in order to access your computer once again.
Malwarebytes, a company that writes computer security software, issued an international report regarding businesses attacked by ransomware. The Record wrote a story about the Canadian aspects of this report and you can read it here.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre advises Canadians to take the following measures:
Warning sign(s) – How to protect yourself
- Never send money to “unlock” a computer.
- Businesses should have a “emergency preparedness” cyber security plan in place.
- Businesses should independently verify any attack with their internet service provider or a computer repair professional.
- Never click on a pop up that claims your computer has a virus, if you cannot access anything on the computer beyond the pop-up screen your computer is infected.
- Avoid opening email and email attachments from unknown sources, especially .zip files.
- Ensure your anti-virus software is active and up to date and regularly schedule scans to search and remove already existing malware.
- Keep your operating system and software up to date.
- Make regular backups of important files.
- Be vigilant against clicking on links within emails.
You can read the website here.
I also recommend that you type in ransomware Canada into your browser and then hit “images”. You will see screenshots of warning messages from typical ransomware. It is a good way to know whether you are dealing with a ransomware scammer or not.