Adware, spyware, malware, viruses, trojans…
It’s bad news folks. There has been a dramatic increase in ‘cyber gangs’ in the last two years. Many of them started in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Professional cyber gangs create malware and can infect your computer with a ransomware virus. Ransomware is a virus that hijacks your computer and can encrypt your files. The method of encryption is very secure and the only way to get your files back is to pay the ransom. Usually between $300-$500.
Experts have said that the cyber gangs make about $33,600 just in one day. Or, if you prefer, $12,264,000.00 per year.
A couple examples of the ransomware are CryptoLocker and CryptoWall. They have proven that there is plenty of money to be made, and now there are many more similar threats being launched at consumers these days.
Protect yourself by:
- Don’t open unknown attachments in emails or do a virus scan after opening them. (If you get an email from a person that contains one or more viruses, the viruses may infect files in the computer. The viruses might also send emails to people from your email address book or email folders automatically).
- Download files only from trusted sites. If you download a program or a data file from the Internet or other shared networks, viruses might be transferred to your computer. Sometimes the free software programs on the Internet have viruses especially if you are downloading from sources such as Torrent or Usenet newsgroups.
- Remember to do a virus scan for them after peripheral devices are connected to your computer. The devices such as MP3 players, USB thumb drives, memory cards or CD drives are also means of spreading viruses.
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