Tuesday’s News Update

An interesting news item for those using Apple computers, with the report of the first functioning ransomware attacking Apple’s Mac computers. For those of you that are unfamiliar with what ransomware is, it is a form of malware that either immediately or after a pre-determined time encrypts the files on your computer, with the attackers then requiring a payment before providing a key with which to unlock your files. This type of malware has been around on Windows PC’s for some time, but as already mentioned this is the first known report of this targeting Apple Mac computers. One of the key ways of protecting yourself against such attacks whether on Apple or Windows, in addition to up to date anti-virus and malware software, is backups of your data. Backing up to an external drive, while generally a good idea, is not enough as this type of malware will not only encrypt the data on your computer but also any data on connected devices. In this case an offline or cloud backup option is worth investigating.

See http://www.itnews.com.au/news/apple-mac-users-targeted-in-first-known-ransomware-campaign-416506

For information or advice about your security or backup needs give our team a call at Quantum Computers 07-5530-4883 or if you’re one of our Managed IT Support clients, call Progress Technology on 1300-720-703.

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