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lockyRansomware has been an enormous security problem in today’s digital age. The damage can spread to epic proportions for organizations which assets (e.g. user personal and financial data) rely on the web.

Earlier this month, the system of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical was infected by ransomware that demanded a ransom totaling to a whopping US$3.6 million (*in bitcoin 9,000).

What is ransomware?

It’s kidnapping of data, wherein a hacker locks a user out of his own system by encrypting data before asking for a payment in the form of bitcoin before he can recover the files using the decryption key.

Joining the club is Locky, another flavor introduced by hackers, who are allegedly associated with one of the people behind Dridex, a notorious banking ransomware.

Both have the same modus of operation, that’s why.

Locky’s hackers send an email containing a Microsoft Word attachment, which disguises as an invoice that requires macro functions.

[Microsoft disabled macros by default for security reasons, which is why you will normally see a warning message if an attachment has macros.]

Now if you’d enable it, macro will run to download Locky using Bartallex, which Dridex also uses in its operations.

So if your system becomes infected, you will not be able to recover your files if you do not have a regular backup or if your data has been infected by the malware.

According to the Palo Alto Networks, they have detected 400,000 sessions in which half of the targets were from the US, while the rest were from Canada and Australia.

[Locky uses its command-and-control infrastructure for performing a memory exchange before file encryption. All encrypted files come with “.locky” extension.

Kevin Beaumont from “Medium” wrote guidance on ways to find out who among the staff in your organization has been infected. He also suggested locking of the infected user’s account as well as shutting down of its network access. Most importantly, you should be rebuilding his computer from scratch.

Source: PC World

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Bitdefender….staying awake for you

More than just for office and school-related purposes,  the computer has become an integral part of modern everyday life. Internet shopping and internet banking is an established business that is run by the internet using any computer device. However, with the internet being used by millions worldwide, it is a common knowledge that there are ill-minded individuals who are there to cause harm or disrupt the lives of those who rely on their computers and the internet to complete everyday transactions.

Protect Yourself and Family!

With this danger in mind, it is normal to look for ways to keep your computer and yourself protected. You need first to check for your system’s vulnerability and then identify the means to which you can avoid being compromised with the different malwares, viruses, and various hacking techniques.

How do you check if your PC is safe? Here is a simple guide in making sure that you are secured:

Always check for the authenticity of your operating systems especially if you are running a Windows OS.

The Windows Security Center should be updated and is installed with the right protective features to avoid being breeched with viruses and malwares.

It is better to manually install updates rather than relying on automatic ones.

There is a tendency that when your computer is infected with a malware, the automatic updates are blocked and will not work. This will make your system very vulnerable to a lot of viruses from the internet. Manually scanning your system is also recommended as there are malwares that displays false scan results.

Make sure that you have the latest anti-virus software installed and that it is updated very often.

Always check the website of your anti- virus software for you to be aware of any updates. It is also advised that you block websites that are marked as malicious or might have suspicious content. A pop- up blocker is very useful against websites that spam the user with pop-up sites which contain malwares and viruses. An anti- spyware is also highly recommended as spywares are known to make any PC unusable.

Secure all connections with a password.

Avoid giving out passwords or even allow other people from connecting into your network if you can. This makes your network less vulnerable from hackers that are looking for unsecured connections to hack. Even if your friend is unaware about it, hackers can use her connection to your network to penetrate into your system.

Lastly, get yourself updated with the latest news on internet security breech and hacking.

There are many resources online where you can get educated so that you will be aware of the new kinds of hacks, viruses, and malwares that are being distributed in the internet. From a lot of forums, you can get ideas and tips that will help you become vigilant against the harmful elements of the internet.

With these simple steps in checking your computer’s security, you can be sure that you do not let other people poke their noses into any of your business. But even if you managed to do all these, you still can’t make sure that you are entirely protected.

One of the best things you can do to avoid compromising yourself with hackers is by limiting sensitive information and other files on your computer. However, even if it is recommended that you keep personal files away from your computer, it is highly impossible as everything is in digital format nowadays. Not only do you deal with having to keep everything from pictures, music, and even your work into your computer, you also have to accept the fact that you divulge sensitive information such as credit card information, bank accounts, and other information in the internet.

So what can you do to enhance the security features of your PC? The best way is to purchase reliable internet protection software like the Bitdefender Total Security 2013. Aside from its powerful anti-virus feature, it has other security boosters as well which will make your system very difficult to penetrate.

Other features of the Bitdefender Total Security 2013 which makes it the best internet security available are the following:

  1. Anti- Theft
  2. Secure online storage
  3. Anti- Spam
  4. PC tune ups
  5. Firewall
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  7. ID theft protection
  8. Social Network protection

There are millions of internet users who have found this software effective. It is award- winning software that keeps your system safe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Never let anyone get into your life using the vulnerability of your computer system. Step up above the hackers and keep yourself protected.

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Until Next Time,

Peter—Your Bitdefender Guide