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Protect Yourself from Ransomware

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:18
What is Ransomware

Ransomware is a specific type of computer malware typically in the form of a virus or trojan.  When a computer is infected with ransomware, it blocks access to your data by encrypting it.  Hackers then request a ransom and may threaten to publish or delete your data unless paid within a short time frame.  After the ransom is paid, the data is usually returned via decryption although not always.  

While not a new concept, ransomware came on strong in 2013 with CryptoLocker.  Supposedly, the creators of CryptoLocker earned around US$27 million.  With that kind of money being made, even illegally, ransomware quickly became a way to get rich.  This problem isn't going away anytime soon.

Untraceable currency in the form of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin has made the scheme far less risky for the perpatrators.

User-friendly website services have sprung up that allow anyone to create and distribute ransomware and even help collect the money!

How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 07:30

Here’s How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider