While ransomware is attacking computers everywhere it’s now beginning to use social media to fool you. With hackers using their own tools to create these problems, they have discovered that they can use the resources you use each day to subject you to the virus.

Whether for business or personal, you probably use social media at least once per day. When you log into your account are you mindful of any changes that may have occurred since your last login?

Even if you don’t see anything new, you should know that hackers can easily access your social media accounts through various loopholes. Facebook and Google Chrome are now the names being used to lure you into the danger zone.

How can you put a stop to this? While it may not be clear how to avoid this ransomware problem altogether, we wanted to share with you how the virus problems are taking over the Windows Operating System and what you can do to protect your small business.

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New Developments with CTB-Locker Ransomware

Every day when you check your email, you are always happy to see emails from people you know. As a human being and a business owner you tend to be a social creature. That is great until phishing emails infiltrate your network.

The biggest challenge is not knowing what to look for. Today, more awareness begins. It’s time to take a look at what is new with this threat of the CTB-locker ransomware.

1. Emails are being sent to you that appear to be from Google Chrome or Facebook. In fact, these emails will state that you should udpate your browser.

2. When you click on the links in the emails, you are redirected to a site that uses malware. Beware that this email is completely legitimate and the icon is just the same as what you’ll see when in Google Chrome.

3. The email will warn you. Did you know that these emails appear as warnings of account suspension?

4. Beware of any email that contains a PDF with instructions to download. Downloading this link will open up the malware inside your email account.

5. Paypal has also been targeted. You may receive links that appear to be directly connected to Paypal. You’ll be asked to verify your login credentials as well. This is dangerous so please consider what you are looking at when you do this.

These emails could be detrimental to your business.

These are the main warnings at this time connected with this malware, but it’s important that you understand why encryption matters. These forms of malware are genius in that they decrypt your files and take the keys until the ransom has been paid.

Authorities and California Computer Services urge you not to pay that ransom because there is no guarantee that you’ll get your files back. These viruses are the most advanced that they have ever been.

You may be using a Windows operating system or you may be using Android, but either way you are subject to this malware either way. Are you ready to take action?

If you have more questions about how you can be prepared in advance against ransomware, please CONTACT US today to set up your consultation.

 

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