CryptoLocker Virus Prevention & Protection Ideas
If you have yet to deal with a variant of the CryptoLocker virus, consider yourself blessed. This nasty little program has been infecting systems, encrypting files and making black-hat hackers millions of dollars in the last few years. Their methods, their virus program, and their distribution network has evolved and gotten better and better. Even now in 2015, this ransomware virus is a real threat to both home users and businesses.
This virus often comes disguised as an attachment, such as a bill of lading from FedEx, UPS, or other shipping carriers. If you are in charge of computer security or support, Do NOT assume that your users know better than to open attachments from unknown senders. Make sure your email spam filters are set properly and make sure your antivirus can scan attachments.
Backing up individual files away from the network, having cloud backup of individual files, and full system backups are a definitely a good idea. I will write later about backup options, and what’s best for you.
The newest method of CryptoLocker Virus Prevention is a little program called CryptoPrevent by Foolish IT. This free program helps to prevent execution of any programs from all the common areas where the cryptolocker virus and its variants run from.
One other option, that you will hear me mention in several post, answers, or bits of advice, is the use of at least one Linux based computer in your network. Most all malware is designed to run on the windows platform. Therefore, having one Linux Based Computer running the Ubuntu Operating System can help prevent quite a few headaches.
I don’t like to bore anyone with extremely long articles. However, If there is something about this virus, system protection, backup methods, or something else I have not mentioned here the ask your question in my Information Technology Forum. The questions you ask may not only help you, but it could help other people who have the same questions.
Happy & Safe Geeking Ya’ll
CryptoLocker Virus Prevention