99 times out of 100, ransomware gets on your computer when you deliberately choose to put it there.
You don’t know that’s what you’re doing. You’re tricked into it. But you choose to put it there. You voluntarily, of your own free will, allow it to run on your computer.
Some of the ways this happens:
You receive an email that says it’s from the IRS. You are being investigated for tax fraud. If you do not pay the attached invoice, an arrest warrant will be issued for you. Oh no! You get a jolt of adrenaline. Fear inhibits the prefrontal cortex. You stupidly click the “invoice,” which has a name designed to fool you like “tax-invoice-11278484-official-government-document.pdf.cab”, and boom, you’re infected.
You receive an email that says “I paid you the money but I never received my product. I’ve attached my bank statement to prove I paid you.” Same thing. You click on the “bank statement.” It’s not a bank statement, of course, it’s ransomware.
You’re browsing the web. A popup appears: “Your copy of Adobe Flash is out of date. Click here to update. If you don’t update you will not be able to watch movies.” You click on the updated. Boom! You’ve just infected yourself. (Hint: there are never ever ever any real Adobe Flash player updates ever. Adobe discontinued Flash years ago. I do not understand why this trick still works.)
You’re browsing the web. A window appears: “WARNING!!!! CRITICAL SYSTEM ERROR!!!! Your computer is infected with 8 COMPUTER VIRUSES! Your files will be destroyed! Click here to download Norton® Mcaffee® Antivirus by Avast® to fix this problem!” It’s a lie, of course. You aren’t infected. But you’re scared, and scared people are stupid, and so you click to install the “antivirus,” which is of course ransomware. Congratulations! You have just been tricked into voluntarily infecting yourself by your own choice of your own free will.
You want to run Microsoft Office but you don’t want to pay for it. So you Google how to get it for free and find yourself on a site that advertises a cracked version of Office (or a game or Photoshop or whatever). The crack includes a bonus surprise: ransomware!
Basically, almost all ransomware infections are some sort of variation on this idea. Someone lies to you to trick you into infecting yourself.
If you are a Google Play Store user, pay attention to these applications as they could generate expenses of hundreds of dollars a month.
Recently, the Avast team managed to identify various rogue mobile applications. These work through the Google Play Storeand mainly affect fans of the Minecraft video game, as well as users of other games.
These applications are part of fleeceware, a category of cyber crime that hooks users through “attractive services” such as colorful wallpapers and various modifications for video games. They also offer trial periods for a very short period of time, and then each one starts charging from $ 30 to $ 90 per week.
Later, those in charge of these applications rely on users to forget that they have them installed or the real cost of the subscription. Likewise, they take advantage of vulnerable sectors such as children, because children may not understand the consequences of carrying out these downloads. That’s why Ondrej David, who leads Avast’s malware analysis team, noted:
“We encourage our customers to remain vigilant when downloading any applications from unknown developers and to always carefully research user reviews and billing agreements before subscribing.”
Next, we share the name of the fraudulent applications that were detected so that you can remove them from your mobile devices:
Skins for Roblox
MasterCraft for Minecraft
Skins, Mods, Maps for Minecraft PE
Live Wallpapers HD & 3D Background
Master for Minecraft
Boys and Girls Skins
Maps Skins and Mods for Minecraft
What to do if you have these applications installed?
According to the Avast experts, it is not enough to locate and uninstall the mentioned applications. Therefore, it is necessary for users to cancel the subscription in the Play Store. You can do this by accessing the application, then the menu that appears in the upper left and then subscriptions. From there you can cancel all the mentioned services.
Watch out! 17 new applications have been withdrawn from the Play Store due to ” Joker “, the malware that attacks Androidapps and forces Google to strengthen the security of its store. It hurts users through text messages and WAP payments.
The problems were reported to Google by the Zscaler team, cybersecurity experts. “This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, as well as silently registering the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services,” the experts explain.
The 17 affected applications are:
All Good PDF Scanner
Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
Tangram App Lock
One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
Style Photo Collage
Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
Paper Doc Scanner
Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
All Good PDF Scanner
Specialists recommend uninstalling these applications, as well as paying attention to the list of permissions in the apps you install on your Android devices, especially those related to SMS, call logs and contacts.
“Reading the comment or reviews on the application page also helps identify compromised applications,” they explain.
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Remote work presents a number of challenges for teams. From collaborating on projects, running effective meetings, building a culture, and a myriad of other issues, the new normal of “office” life will come with some growing pains. But have you thought about digital security?
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What would the world look like if kids grew up understanding the potential that entrepreneurship offers?
I wish I’d been taught entrepreneurship when I was young for lots of reasons.
As a farm boy in Idaho, all I knew about my potential career was that I didn’t want to be poor when I grew up. My grandpa, who was a successful doctor, suggested I become an anesthesiologist, and I latched onto his advice as if it were gospel.
But if I had found out I was wired to be an entrepreneur early on, I would have entered my college years with a stronger sense of who I was, and had a more deliberate plan.
Among freelancers, it’s almost a point of pride to be able to work lean. Whether you’re a graphic designer, coder, or writer, you don’t need much more than a decent laptop, steady internet connection, and maybe a fresh cold brew to bring home the bacon. This is partly why so many freelancers are able to work practically anywhere, anytime.
Reboot your modem/router and devices by powering them off and back on for optimal performance.
Disconnect Other Devices
Disconnect other devices and close all other programs/applications on your device to eliminate network congestion. Disconnect from any VPN’s.
Stand in Different Places
Test your speed in different places around your home. Distance from the router and interfering objects can affect speeds.
Move Your Router
Place your router in a central, elevated, open location away from walls, metal objects, and objects that transmit radio waves like cordless phones, microwaves, & Bluetooth devices.
Check Device Limits
Check the owner’s manual for your device to find out if it’s capable of processing high speeds. Even many recently-purchased computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. are not capable of broadband speeds, especially over WiFi.
Connect to 5GHz Network
If you have a dual-band router, connect to the 5 GHz network (unless your device isn’t compatible) and stand near the router.