Phishing Alert: Mailbox Shutdown Notification Scam

Computer Resources is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims your mailbox will be shut down and your account will be disabled unless you click on a link in the email. The link directs readers to a harmful web page.

 Computer Resources strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it. 


 How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams 

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Ransomware Protection

At the cost of sacrificing protection and control. Computer Resources protects businesses and ensures control and ownership remain undisputed in cases of user error, malicious attacks, compliance issues, and user management.


 

What is Ransomware?

Malicious software that locks your files and demands payment to access them.

  • Ransomware is defined as a term for the many variations of malware that infect computer systems, typically by social engineering schemes.
  • A cryptovirology attack encrypts critical files and systems and renders them inaccessible to the owner.
  • Ransomware sometimes marks the files for permanent deletion or publication on the internet. The perpetrators then demand a payment (usually in untraceable cryptocurrency like Bitcoin) for the private key required to decrypt and access the files. Infamous ransomware examples include CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, Locky, Cerber, KeyRanger, SamSam, TeslaCrypt, TorrentLocker, and Reveton.

 

3 Layers of Protection from Ransomware

The proven defense strategy against cyber extortion includes three protection layers: Education, Antivirus, and Total Data Protection.


 

Education

A ransomware prevention program teaches users of company email or hardware about the dangers of social engineering and phishing and explains good security practices about email attachments. However, even the most educated staff members are not immune to human error. Education, on its own, is not adequate ransomware protection.

 

Antivirus

The second layer of ransomware defense is antivirus protection. If a malicious link is clicked or a Trojan-containing attachment is downloaded, antivirus will often save a system from full-blown infection. However, new strains of ransomware are being created at a rate higher than antivirus can protect against them, so eventually, the probability that one infection will succeed is high.


 

Total Data Protection

A data protection solution provides the ultimate failsafe in a layered defense strategy. It will take snapshots of your data and systems and store them in a secure location. If you fall victim to ransomware, you can simply ‘turn back the clock’ to a snapshot before the attack happened.


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