In 2013, a new type of virus was released. Called Cryptolocker, this virus represents malicious greed.

In December 2013 it was reported to have affected about 250,000 computers worldwide.

This virus is reported to be triggered by clicking a link in an email and once triggered it encrypts all the files on your computer and attached devices. To access these files you need to provide payment through the notorious bitcoin (as opposed to a credit card payment which could then be easily traced and reversed).

Paying to release your data does not always work and giving in to these people will only encourage more of the same. 

Friedman IT have only worked on one computer infected by this virus which was simple to remove but it was only thanks to adequate remote backup such as Carbonite that we were able to restore all the data without loss.

If there is one thing we can encourage readers to implement for 2014, remote backup is it. 


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