Happy New Year to all my followers and those who just stopped by to find out what’s happening with tech4boomers. I begin the year reminding myself and you about making sure to have virus software. As I was preparing to do this blog post, I came across some information that I thought might be useful going forward.
As many of you may be aware, “Cryptocurrency” is digital money. Another name you may be familiar with is Bitcoin. Even if you’re not an investor in this digital payment system, there is something you should be aware of, and that is “Cryptojacking”, sometimes called “malicious cryptomining”.
Cryptojackers are hackers who use your computer, smartphones etc., without your knowledge. It’s another form of malware, which can be loaded on your computer when you click on a malicious link in an email. This form of hacking has become one of the latest online threats to computer users. This malware steals your computer’s resources, and can slow down your device substantially.
- Norton Security considers it the new ransomware and recommends a strong internet security software suite to help block Cryptojacking threats.
- Mcafee advises using comprehensive security software, using a password manger to create complicated, unique passwords. Avoid risky apps, and always keep all your software up-to-date.
You can find out more using these source websites:
How to avoid Malware is one of the most common hazards to your computer when you’re online, but it’s easy to avoid. Developing safe and smart browsing habits can protect you from malware and other threats, like viruses. Securing your computer and learning how to identify and avoid suspicious links are the fundamentals of safe browsing habits. Source: Internet Safety: How to Avoid Malware – Full Page
If you think you cannot be fooled by online ‘ransom perpetrators‘, I assure you that it can happen before you know it.
- Below is a screen shot of what happened to me on my home computer, and I must admit I was not paying attention at the time.
- Before I knew it, I had clicked a link and I became a PC user being held hostage. A password was put on my computer, and I could not access it.
- There ensued a very stressful and costly sequence of experiences.
I knew that I would be asked for money to get my PC returned to me, but I was also concerned whether I would continue to be plagued by this issue once I gave them the money. When I called, the people sounded very professional, and sure enough they had total control of my PC, and in addition my home Network! Continue reading
It seems to me that every time a Ransomware attack occurs, it usually appears that we are once again incredulous that it happened, and we believe the AV (Anti-virus) companies should have figured this out by now. Right? In reality, these cyberattacks appear to be something we will have to learn to live with.
I often go to PCWorld for advice when I want guidelines for dealing with a computer related problem. Over the years I have found PCWorld to be succinct in their description of problems, and how to solve them. In addition PCWorld provides suggestions for computer software, PC equipment etc.
OK folks, by now we should all be AntiVirus Savvy. That is to say, each of us should have put a layer of protection on our computers and mobile devices. Yes! Do get AntiVirus software/Apps for your laptops, desktops, mobile phones, and tablets. This Post recommends places where you can go to get FREE Antivirus Help! Continue reading