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jwestbrooks293
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3/9/2015 | 9:28:18 AM
Re: Ransomeware - A solution for some users.
I now do my writing on a PC that is not connected to the internet or my home network and use rewriteable CDs to transfer files from my writing PC to my internet PC when i need to send them out.  Yes, it's a pain to have to shift to another PC to do research, check email, send files, etc.  But it's worth the effort to avoid the risk of losing weeks or months of work to malicious software attacks.

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you." 
     Joseph Heller, Catch-22
kstaron
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kstaron,
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2/24/2015 | 5:38:41 PM
What to do and where to go
This post should have been done on Halloween for all the creeps it's given me. I can back up my photos on my phone and files on my laptop to protect myself from hackers or whatever variety, but what can I do about the computer chip in my car, or in a medicine pump or a pacemaker. With everything and anything getting connected to the internet, the idea of a money hungry hacker is frightening to say the least. Where do consumers even go if they get hit with ransomware? Is there a federal agency that handles that or do the local cops handle it?
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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2/10/2015 | 6:19:18 PM
The Computerized Car Jack

Just a matter of time before cars are "car jacked" from a software perspective. 

I bet we will start to see instances of abuse with the next 5 years or so.  I just bought a car with all of the tech bells and whistles but understanding what lies ahead really makes me uneasy to say the least.

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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2/10/2015 | 6:13:26 PM
Re: Ransomware Problem

It `has really been disheartening to learn of Ransomware.  With industries and individuals already struggling with data security.  We now have Ransomware.  I really feel for those who are innocent to the dangers of the Net.  

I will do my part as a tech professional to spread the word and educate both myself and others on best Net practices.

Whoopty
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2/10/2015 | 10:28:46 AM
Re: Ransomware Problem
Indeed. Considering some people's near sociopathic personalities allowing them to do things like 'swatting' individuals for a laugh, I wouldn't put it past monetary incentivised people with the same mental issues from going after extremely sensitive equipment. 
Gary_EL
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2/9/2015 | 8:29:17 PM
Ransomeware - A solution for some users.
For computer users. back up your data files. Then, if you are hit by ransomeware, fdisk your hard drive, reinstall your operating system, and reinstall your files.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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2/9/2015 | 3:49:05 PM
Ransomware Problem
It cannot be assumed that the creators of ransomware will not try to cross the line, if a consumer's computer is fair game, which can cause all sorts of problems, for example, loss of an important degree thesis, the inability to pay their bills (heating bill in a very cold state/province) or the ability to conduct normal day-to-day commerce, etc., it all results in a loss to the consumer and economy as a whole. Hence, their cars and medical devices might also be viewed as fair game by the creators of such, harmful software.

Maybe, there are few build-in mechanics in the technology market that keeps a consumer safe, for instance, multiple devices should translate into data residing in multiple place. However, the user should follow best practices, for example, don't click on unknown sites, have good antivirus software and keep it up-to-date, etc. 

As for businesses, they have to enable greater measures, because if a consumer's car is not starting then, it's not the consumers problem, the business has to fix it. In which case, I guess that prevention will cost less then, the cure for the business. 


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