Attorney General Warns Against Ransomware Virus
With countries and companies around the world being attacked with a ransom virus, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is urging consumers to take necessary precautions to make sure they don’t fall victim to similar cyber attacks.
“Ransomware;” is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, usually in the form of bit coins.
That’s why the Office of the Attorney General suggests taking a few simple steps to help curb your chance of falling victim to this type of attack.
First Install Reputable Security Software.Carr’s office said your computer should have anti-virus and anti-spyware software as well as a firewall. Anti-virus software scans everything that enters your computer, looking for these viruses.
For lists of security tools from legitimate security vendors, go online to staysafeonline.org.
Update Your Operating System and Software Frequently. Carr said simply updating your operating system and software whenever new versions become available gives you an added measure of security.
Avoid “Free” Security Scans especially if you receive an unexpected pop-up, email, or an ad that claims “malicious software” has been found on your computer. Create and Protect Strong Passwords and use a Pop-up Blocker and spam filters.
If you fall victim to a Ransomware attack, you should immediately disconnect your PC or laptop and contact your local law enforcement office or report it to the FBI’s Cyber Division by calling toll-free 855-292-3937.