The CryptoLocker Ransomware is continuing to spread, encrypting the data of innocent users.
Security researcher Brian Krebs has released a post with a couple of good resources to help prevent infection including:
- Group Policy to block CryptoLocker across a domain
- CryptoPrevent, a small utility to stop CryptoLocker on an individual computer
- Backup data to a cloud service in the event that your local copy gets corrupted
Krebs on Security: How To Avoid CryptoLocker Ransomware
Additional Tips for Prevention:
- Running up to date anti-virus software (there have been reports that Windows Defender does not stop CryptoLocker). Install one of these third party software packages.
- Keep Windows up to date with software and security patches
- Keep Java and Adobe Acrobat reader up to date with software patches
- Uninstall Java if you do not need it
- Do not open unsolicited email attachments
Here are more tips on how to avoid malware on your computer.