Final countdown, CryptoLocker payout and Full Disk Encryption - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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60 Second Security:

• XP is counting down - are you ready?

Would you pay the CryptoLocker crooks?

• And should you use Full Disk Encryption?

Get all the answers in 60 Second Security for 08 March 2014.

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Previous three episodes:

"Hoaxes"
01 Mar 2014
"Changeme"
22 Feb 2014
"Really?"
15 Feb 2014

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8 Responses to Final countdown, CryptoLocker payout and Full Disk Encryption - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

  1. Why don't MICROSOFT provide people with an XP licence upgrade to WINDOWS 8 for £10 - would make them oodles of cash and get a MASSIVE migration to occur - is life really TO COMPLICATED and expensive - ubuntu !

    • Andrew Pain · 197 days ago

      Any running XP would not run Windows 8. As most XP systems are going to be at least 7 years old

    • Ferrit · 197 days ago

      Likely because a vast majority of computers running XP cant run windows 7 or 8 properly

    • Ferrit · 197 days ago

      Oh and when you can actually deploy Ubuntu to computers for mom and pop then maybe it would make sense to mention it

      • Paul Ducklin · 197 days ago

        [a] It's not that hard and [b] you could always pay your local computer shop to install it for you. Probably would cost about the same as buying Windows 8 :-)

  2. vir OK ill · 198 days ago

    I wouldn't pay a cryptolocker ransom. I would restore the affected unit and replace the lost data wwith a backup. Backups are your last line of defense for anything, not just cryptolocker (ie HDD failure accidents)

  3. Tuna · 181 days ago

    What can you do if the Crypto locker has stuck your PC? How do you get rid of it? Can you simply re-boot? What's the best protection?

    • Paul Ducklin · 181 days ago

      Options if you are hit: restore from backup, pay the crooks, or take it on the chin and say goodbye to your scrambled files forever.

      Best protection is: don't open attachments that are unexpected; run a decent anti-virus and keep it up to date; and make regular, off-line backups and keep them somewhere safe. (Your hard disk could simply blow up and stop working, or your laptop could get stolen, or you could drop it over the side of the Manly Ferry by mistake. That's worse than CryptoLocker - there aren't any crooks who'll get your data back for $300 if your hard disk is lost forever. So backups are always good to have!)

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog