Avoiding Viruses and Backing Up Your PC

Not to beat a dead horse but...

Beware of Ransomware

Think before you click! You could lose everything - you are the most powerful tool in system security.

We have seen a recent spike in the number of computers being infected with Ransomware. People’s computers are crypto-lockered: this infection will encrypt all the files within your computer and hold them ransom. The only way to get your files back is to pay the ransom with Bitcoin – a lengthy, difficult and expensive process. If you do not pay the ransom within a certain time frame, the ransom goes up. And no, there is no way to break it. Once you do get your files back, your computer is still compromised so you either need a new hard drive or a new computer.


Backing up your computer:

  • Make regular external copies to a USB flash drive of anything you care about, and store them somewhere secure offline
  • Use a cloud backup service, and make sure it is actually backing up anything you care about
  • Migrate your Windows file server shares to a cloud sync platform like Sharesync or Box

Think before you click! You could lose everything - you are the most powerful tool in system security.

If you are a Hybridge customer, we make sure your Antivirus software is up to date. However, antivirus software can’t prevent users from clicking on viruses. You can minimize your chances of getting crypto-lockered by never, ever clicking on anything remotely suspicious, from unknown sources, and certainly no .exe ( executable) files. It is extremely difficult to tell the real thing from a fake emails, but if you are not expecting a file/attachment/link, beware!

As always, please contact Hybridge if you have any questions about Cryptolocker, cloud backup, or cloud sync by emailing us at support at hybridge.com.


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