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Am I at threat from Cryptolocker?

The simple answer is yes. Cryptolocker based malware and ransomware have been around for some years now. GameoverZeuS and Zeus is one of the latest derivatives that have been hitting the headlines over the last few months as they have been shut down by the NSA, but it is only a matter of time before the malware fraternity start up somewhere else.

Advice on device protection renames the same thought – get proactive internet security software, keep it in subscription up to date, DO NOT open suspicious and unknown emails, and above all keep data backed up.

The government and business backed web site www.getsafeonline.org/nca/ has more information to keep you aware and here is a summary of their advise:

  • Install internet security software from companies listed on Get Safe Online’s Facebook and Google+ profiles to download a free tool to scan for Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker, and remove them from your computer
  • Do not open attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain that they are authentic
  • Make sure your internet security software is up-to-date and switched on at all times
  • Make sure your Windows operating system has the latest Microsoft updates applied
  • Make sure your software programs have the latest manufacturers’ updates applied
  • Make sure all of your files including documents, photos, music and bookmarks are backed up and readily available in case you are no longer able to access them on your computer
  • Never store passwords on your computer in case they are accessed by Gameover Zeus or another aggressive malware program

The above may seem obvious, but it is very easy to slip into bad habits and forget the basics for remaining safe online when a threat slips out of the headlines. Above all remain vigilant, and if in doubt, don’t open it, don’t follow the links, and don’t leave your computer unprotected. And remember it may be GameoverZeus today, but will be mutated in to AnotherZeus tomorrow.

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