Malware Warning: Cryptolocker Infections Increasing
This post was originally published on the IT Boss blog. It has been transferred to the Codeboss blog in order to maintain its content on this site.
This is a warning for all our clients and friends. Since I wrote the post Ransomware: Can You Afford It? a couple of weeks ago, I have been hearing reports of an increase in computers being infected by this nasty bit of work.
Our advice is to do the following:
- Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and is scanning email attachments. Phishing emails are the number one cause of infection for this virus.
- Don’t click on links in any emails, unless you know absolutely for sure they are safe. For instance, password resets that you have just initiated.
- Don’t web surf questionable web sites, or download games and other apps from un-trusted web sites.
- Make sure your Windows has updated the latest security patches.
- Make sure your backups are being done regularly, are tested and working, and that you have a recent backup not attached to your computers. Rotate your backups.
- There is a program you should install called CryptoPrevent that helps protect your computers against Cryptolocker.
Remember that anti-virus and computer security companies are always playing catch up with the inventors of these programs, and no-one can guarantee that your systems are fully protected all the time. Complacency is your biggest enemy, just being vigilant about how you handle your email and web surfing habits can make the biggest difference in escaping malware and virus infections.
If you would like any more information, or assistance in protecting your computers and business data against this ransomware, please get in touch with us at 0407 616 759 (Australia) and we can help you out.
If you find you have been infected with Cryptolocker, call us and we’ll see if there is anything we can do. We might not be able to recover your data, but we can get you back up and perhaps assist in getting your data back from other sources.