What is Cryptolocker?
Simply, cryptolocker is malware that encrypts documents and asks for money to unencrypt them. It affects both personal data and company data stored on corporate files. If you’re tricked into downloading the infected file, the virus will target your most important applications and operating systems. Cryptolocker can bypass virus scanners and other security measures to infect your computer, so it’s important to be able to recognize the warning signs.
Typical Warning Signs
Beware of the following suspicious emails:
Senders you do not recognize or known senders with unexpected content
No recipient listed in the “To” line of the email
Links in the email that do not match the title when you scroll your mouse over it
“Zip” files you are not expecting
How to Protect Yourself and Your Company
The following tips will help keep your personal and company data free from cryptolocker:
Delete suspicious emails right away and empty your trash bin
Keep antivirus and anti-malware definitions up to data
If you do get infected, remove the machine from the network to protect your organization from further damage
Train your employees regularly on IT security measures
If your company needs guidance on the latest antimalware techniques, contact your trusted IT advisor today.