There have been computer viruses around for almost as long as we have had email and the internet. These viruses started as something as simple as playing happy birthday through the computer speaker until you typed in “happy birthday joshi” to those that are attempting to steal information from your computer to destroying / locking up your files and holding them hostage.
Lately, we have been seeing two of these types of viruses. The crypto type of virus which encrypts (password protects) all of your files on your computer to “Rombertik” which is designed to make your windows computer virtually useless if your antivirus/antimalware software locates it on the computer. It will basically wipe out your computer. You can read more about it here: http://www.infopackets.com/lists/lt.php?id=Z0xRAVdKBQQCHVcJWlZTDw
There are multiple ways to attempt to reduce your chances of acquiring viruses like these which include ideas from securing your computer more to not using your computer on the internet. But, one of the easiest and best ways to protect yourself from these types of issues and many more is to make sure you are doing backups of all of your information that you can’t afford to lose. This is not a solution as simple as just copying your files off to an external hard drive. You need to have a backup that keeps multiple versions of all files and that is offsite to make sure the information can’t be overwritten.
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