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Information Security Bulletin: Virus Alert

February 6, 2014 | More Tips

A new virus has emerged in the last 5 months known as “CryptoLocker.” The virus is designed to lock you out of the files on your computer until you pay a ransom to the creators of the virus. The files are encrypted which makes it impossible to gain access to them again without paying the ransom. This virus has become widespread in the U.S.. We have seen a few instances of it at Broward College.

 

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Here are a few tips to prevent being hit by this virus and to reduce the impact in the event you are hit.

1.  Make sure you have Anti-Virus running and it is up to date.
a. If you don’t have Anti-Virus on your personal computer you may download
Microsoft Security Essentials for Free (personal use only).b. MAC users can install Anti-Virus software for personal use for Free from Sophos here:
MAC Sophos AV

 

2. Be careful opening Email attachments.
If an attachment looks suspicious, delete it, do not open it. There have been emails claiming to be from UPS, FedEx, and eFax that have attachments containing a virus. This particular virus will usually come in the form of a .zip file. Email attachments are a fairly common venue for viruses and phishing attacks. Please be cautious when opening attachments. If you want to quickly check if it is a virus you can upload it here before opening: https://www.virustotal.com/

 

3. Make sure you are backing up your files regularly.
This can be done through an external hard drive or online backup service. It is important that you have a backup of your important files in the event of a computer malfunction of virus.

 

4. Keep your system updated.
It is the easiest way to prevent viruses, hackers and identity thieves from infecting your system.

i.Turn on Automatic Updates – Microsoft

ii. Check for Updates – Microsoft

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