Genies… As you well know, businesses around the world are being hit by “ransomware.” Still, it could very easily find its way to your computer. Ransomware is usually introduced through an email attachment being opened. This allows the virus to encrypt your data. Typically you’ll receive a notice that for a certain sum of money they will unencrypt it. There are ways to avoid this nightmare.
- Be sure to back up your files. Remember Tom Perry’s advice: TWO clouds and an external hard drive are the ideal. With backup, your infected computer can be erased and everything restored as before.
- Never open emails or links from strangers. It’s better to miss a legitimate email than open a bad one.
- Keep your anti-virus updates current, as well as software.
- Watch out for XP! Microsoft hasn’t supported it in two years which makes XP a common target.
Genies, our years of research and scanned pix, etc., are so important. Don’t take your computer security lightly! Scott Fisher