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Protect your computer from Malware and avoid the loss of data

Author: ITS

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Category: General Interest , IT Security

One of the most destructive malicious software around is called ransomware – an infection that locks you out of your own files when it sneaks onto your computer. Once locked, it demands a ransom to be paid to regain access. If you choose not to pay the ransom, you will lose any files that are locked.krebs One such ransomware is on the rise, targeting websites hosted on Linux operating systems. After it has slipped onto the machine that is hosting the website, the ransomware locks all webpages and files associated with the website until a payment of 1 bitcoin (a digital currency used online) is received. Learn more about this new ransomware from Krebs on Security. How can you keep malware like ransomware from infecting your machine? Avoid downloading software from third party websites, and protect your devices with an Anti-Virus. It’s also a good idea to create regular backups of all your files, as this will prevent your data from being lost in the event that your device ever does become infected by ransomware. To learn more about how to protect yourself, your stuff, and UNB, visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity . #UNBarmYourself