Lisa Allen

Ransomware
Ransomware

Raise your hand if you’re computer has ever been infected by a virus or malware –

It’s extra annoying for those of us who are computer challenged.  The latest virus going around is “ransomware,” specifically a form of ransomware called “CryptoLock.”  Once CryptoLocker infiltrates your computer, it encrypts your files — making them unreadable and permanently unusable unless you decrypt them with the attacker’s “private key,” which is unlikely to happen even if you part with the demanded ransom.

Obviously, the best defense against any kind of virus is to take a backup of all your files onto a USB drive.  Here are some other precautions you can take:

  • Don’t click on email attachments unless you know the sender and what the attachments are.
  • Be careful when surfing on music sites or doing online searches of celebrities or other in-the-news topics. They often lead to malware-laden websites or links.
  • Avoid online offers for screen savers, games and the like unless downloaded from reputable vendor websites.
  • Scan your computer using anti-virus software (from a known provider) regularly, and keep its updates and patches up to date.  (Malware often masquerades as anti-virus scanning software, so make sure you are using a reputable anti-virus software.)
  • Make regular backups, and store them somewhere safe, preferably offline.

Latest Stories

47 mins ago in Entertainment

‘Fast & Furious 8’ revs up for historic Cuba shoot

Fresh
FastCuba575123770627

Director F. Gary Gray has turned the key on the "Fast 8" production in Havana, making movie history by becoming the first filmmaker to shoot a major Hollywood project in Cuba in over 50 years.

52 mins ago in Entertainment

Sylvester Stallone starring in TV adaptation of ‘Omerta’

Fresh
stallone95828264444

The "Rocky" star will play mob boss Raymonde Aprile in the series inspired by "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's book.

1 hour ago in Music

Minnesota police obtain sealed search warrant for Prince’s residence as drug rumors swirl

Fresh
In this Saturday evening, Aug. 6 2011 photo American singer and songwriter Prince performs on the Isle of Amager in Copenhagen, Denmark. The concert was the first of two and it was interupted by heavy rain. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Jakob Joergensen) DENMARK OUT

Authorities in Minnesota obtained a search warrant in connection with the death of pop star Prince and also won a court order to keep the findings secret, documents showed Thursday.

2 hours ago in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Annoying Windows reminder interrupts live TV

Fresh
20-overlay-12

Please excuse this interruption ...

6 hours ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: April 29

arethafranklin

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.