The Latest Ransomware to Beware
Just when we all got a handle on CryptoLocker, a new ransomware has emerged to take its place. In recent months, we've seen a number of clients get infected with CryptoWall, a Trojan Horse virus that gains access to your computer by masking itself inside a program download or an email attachment. Once installed on your system, it makes a network connection with a remote server, generates an encryption key pair associated with your device, encrypts all your files (from a pre-determined list of supported file extensions) performs a few other functions to make restoring your machine difficult, and displays the now familiar message demanding payment in bitcoin for the decryption key.
So what can you do to prevent this?
Thankfully, there is much that can be done
to both prevent this infection and also to minimize the effect if a computer does get infected.
Preventing Infection from CryptoWall
- Up to date antivirus and malware software
Now more than ever, it is essential to protect your system with antivirus and anti-malware software.
It's also worth a check to be sure that regular scans are occurring and the definitions are up to date.
- Safe and smart Internet practices
When it comes to emails, the same cautions hold true. Don't open attachments unless it's from a known source and something you were actually expecting. A newer caution is to not click on the links within untrusted emails because they can lead to fake and dangerous websites. Simply visiting a page without even downloading anything can infect your computer. And speaking of downloads, only download programs and updates from the original source - never third party providers - those
are where Trojan horse viruses lurk.
Note: eNet Systems offers employee training programs on safe Internet practices. Learn more at 281-403-9561.
Minimizing the Damage from CryptoWall
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- Start a Cloud Backup not just Cloud Storage
Some people think that as long as their data is in the Cloud, it is safe. Sadly, with CryptoWall, this is no longer true. This virus will track down every mapped drive from your main computer. The mapped drive may lead to an external hard drive sitting in your IT closet or it may lead to your Google Drive storage area in the Cloud. Both locations are susceptible to this ransomware.
However, if you make a true backup of your software and store it online, that data will be safe. Talk to your IT firm or call eNet today at 281-403-9561.
- Routinely check your Cloud backups
Be sure your backups are functioning properly by testing a data restore on a routine basis
- Never map drives to critical servers from admin workstations
Use a software tool instead to make remote connections when they are needed
Suggestions for iOS 8.1.1 privacy setting
In addition to fixing up to 53 security issues found in iOS 7, this update has a number of new features. We've covered many of these in previous issues, so for this column, we will address some privacy settings that you might want to change when you update.
- Limit apps from tracking your location in the background
- Prevent apps from accessing and uploading your data
- Enable 'Find My iPhone' for lost and stolen devices
- Prevent sharing your location to others
- Prevent iPhone location-based tracking
- Limit advertisers tracking your location and data
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We continue to uncover security risk assessments myths.
"Each year, I'll have to completely redo my security risk analysis."
False. It certainly wouldn't hurt to do so, but it's not required. Each year or when changes to your practice or electronic systems occur, review and update the prior analysis for changes in risks. Call us at
281-403-9561 to schedule your assessment today.
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AT&T drops plans for in-flight wireless
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