By Vincent Esquivel
As I've written before, the age of Apple being virus proof is over. Luckily, viruses on Macs haven't spread like wildfire. As a tech, I'm surprised by this. I'm used to seeing things evolve quickly on the internet. Ransomware is one of those things.
Ransomware has been around for decades. Only recently, has it taken off and been terrorizing people and organizations around the world. Locking up computers and asking for a ransom. You might have seen something about it on the news recently.
Now, we actually have malware programmers offering ransomware as a service. Someone can pay them and get ransomware to infect computers with. This is such a big change in how previous viruses worked. This is super dangerous for organizations and businesses. If you have a disgruntled worker, they can hire these programmers to create ransomware. Get a hold of this malware. Go back to work and infect all the computers locally. A very scary scenario.
However, you have time. The ransomware being offered is weak and can be detected by antivirus software. And, no matter what kind of computer you have, I always recommend some kind of antivirus software. The free ones are fine. It's what I install for the majority of my customers as a courtesy.
If you feel your computer has been infected with ransomware, disconnect it from the network. Call me or your computer tech to resolve the matter immediately.
As always, back up your data.
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