CryptoLocker, an aggressive and hard to trace ransomware, attacks more than 1,000 computers a day in North America, the U.K. and India. Experts say the best way to protect yourself is by storing backed up files remotely. Read more about CryptoLocker from Scientific American.
That 40% you save on softwareCould Cost You
Everyone loves a bargain. But that too-good-to-be-true price on the latest software could end up costing you time, money and business.
Using pirated softwareputs your data and privacy at risk
Pirated software often includes malicious code that swipes your financial and personal data, and can even activate your webcam.
33% of software is counterfeitand the malware market is $114 billion
A malware investigation conducted by IDC and commissioned by Microsoft alleges 33% of software is counterfeit and sizes the malware market at $114 billion.
Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report found that newer software has advanced security that is hard for cybercriminals to exploit. Read more about the importance of newer software from Microsoft Security Tips & Talk blog.
Microsoft Windows XP infection rate is 9.1%, while Windows 8 infection rate is much less at 1.6%. Thirteen percent of all US PCs operate on Windows XP, which will stop being supposed by Microsoft on April 8, 2014. Read more about this vulnerability from Neowin.
Once Windows XP stops being supported on April 8, the operating system will be increasingly exposed to Malware attacks as running antivirus software will not provide enough protection. Microsoft urges all XP users to upgrade their operating systems to Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Read more about this risk from Computer Weekly.
The newest ransomware virus encrypts important files and demands payment for the data, not the computer. This new ransomware is a polymorphic virus. Read more about ransomware 2.0 from PC Pitstop.