We have been fortunate in our area not to have seen too many of these attacks. In addition to what's mentioned in this article by our friends at the Better Business Bureau, we can work with you and your company to make sure all your data is protected.
The ransomware scam is back and more vicious than ever, according to a new FBI report. Ransomware is a virus that freezes your computer, holding it ransom until you pay to unlock it. Victims are reporting losing up to $10,000 in a new version of this scam that encrypts your files.
How the Scam Works:
You click on an infected advertisement, link or email attachment. Suddenly, a pop up appears. The screen tells you that all the files on your computer have been encrypted, making them useless unless you have a key to decode them.
Editors's Note - We speak with clients and friends all the time about their smartphones and tablets regarding the data on them and what might happen to important information should that device be lost or stolen. In addition, it's possible that your phone may be giving away your location unbeknownst to you. Something to think about.