Email Scams - 14th Dec 2016

One of our clients was recently the victim of ransomware, a type of virus that enters your computer through a fake email. It will encrypt all of your data and disable your computer. It's called ransomware because once your computer has been disabled, you will receive a message that tells you to pay a ransom or all of your data will be destroyed. 

We're not trying to scare you, but we do want to make you aware of what's out there so you can take some precautions. 

Backing up your computer regularly is probably the best protection. It won't stop a virus, but you can't be held hostage if you have a current back up to rely on.

Here are some simple steps to make it harder for ransomware to get into your computer:
  1. Never open spam emails from unknown senders. Ransomeware can come in fake emails that look like they are from reputable companies.
  2. Never download attachments from spam or suspicious looking emails.
  3. Never click on a link from a spam or suspicious looking emails.
If you are unsure if the email is real, don't open it. Some red flags to look for:
  • Bad spelling and grammar
  • Unsolicited email from a company or person you don't know
  • An email asking for money
  • An email that promises of a reward
  • An email from somewhere you don't live or from someone from an unfamiliar place
If you are unsure, don't open, download or click on any links from an unfamiliar email - just delete it.

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