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Look Out for Ransomware

by Daniel Gloade on August 5, 2016

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.

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