Author Topic: Cryptolocker and Cryptowall + variants  (Read 53 times)

Offline Surreall

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Cryptolocker and Cryptowall + variants
« on: May 24, 2016, 03:37:33 AM »
Hi All,

I wanted to get my files safe before the unthinkable happens.

I use googledrive pretty much exclusively but there is a major security flaw. If files are encrypted locally (ie cryptolocker) then if goolgedrive syncs, it syncs all the encrypted files. Which are then lost forever, if one would refuse to pay the ransom.

So i was thinking, i need to take a regular backup of the local files (google drive), encrypt them myself and store somewhere.

So.....and to the question. Is there a file type that these cryptolockers/wall's cannot access. If i winzipped or winrared files, would these ransomeware programmes still be able to encrypt them, so i cannot access them?

I hope that makes sense?


Rgds

Surreall



Offline Digerati

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Re: Cryptolocker and Cryptowall + variants
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016, 09:20:26 AM »
If you encrypt your files, none of those malware programs can "access" them - and by access, I mean open them and see what they say. But they can encrypt them again so you cannot open them without their key. So what you need to do is make sure Windows is updated and you use a good security setup (I use Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and I do supplemental scans with Malwarebytes Antimalware), and you avoid being click-happy on unsolicited downloads, links and attachments to avoid getting infected in the first place.

You say, "i need to take a regular backup of the local files (google drive)". I am not clear what you mean by "local files (google drive)". Google Drive is "cloud" storage - that is, NOT local.

Any good, viable backup plan involves multiple backups in multiple formats and locations. So backing up to the cloud is fine, but you should also backup to something else - like an external drive.  This way, if the data in the cloud storage is somehow lost, you still have the external drive.
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