Tag Archives: Ransomware

Data Backup Plan

It's important to back up your computer on a regular basis, especially if you don't want to lose all of your data in the event of a hard drive failure or other disaster. Here are some tips on how to do backups and why they're important: External Drive: One way to back up your computer is by using an external hard drive. This is a physical device that you can connect to your computer in order to back up its data. external drives are relatively affordable and come in a variety of sizes, so it's a good option for those who want to create backup...

Viruses, Spyware, and Malware: What’s the Difference?

As we've said all too many times, you absolutely need antivirus protection for your computers and other devices. But when we say that, we're not talking about a program that does nothing but protect against computer viruses. A proper antivirus recognizes and defends against any kind of software that's designed with malicious intent, not just viruses. That's what we're advising when we exhort you to install an antivirus. The vast majority of malicious programs aren't viruses, however. Why? Because malware coders want to make money, and it's h...

Preventing Ransomware

In the real world, kidnapping is a risky crime-getting paid usually means getting caught. In the digital world, however, demanding ransom for data, or ransomware, is an escalating epidemic, a popular crime which is leaving many businesses and consumers at risk of losing data. One small company in New England—a retailer with some two-dozen employees—learned that the hard way. A click-happy employee ended up infecting one system with a prevalent threat known as CryptoWall, according to the company’s co-owner, John, who asked that his rea...
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