The upside is, that my computer is out of the shop and I am once again back in action. The downside is that, to repeat… I lost every file I had saved on my computer. I had to get a new hard drive installed and to get my computer reprogrammed.
The lesson I have learned from this, is to be beware of sabotagers. I have realized that in this uncertain economy, there are a growing number of criminals sitting back just waiting for an opening to steal, sabotage, and try to take from what I have built. I now see the necessity to always be proactive, diligent, and to be on top of my game.
- Make sure anyone who calls saying they are the staff from any computer or internet service, gives their name, place of employment, credentials, and call back number to verify employment.
- Make sure all the information is given from any computer service company listed above, is verified first before giving out any banking or credit card information.
- Regularly backup important files and have a pop-up blocker running in your web browser.
- Have a full version of an installed antivirus and routinely run scans.
- For more information about Randsomware a specific kind of malware, use a search engine to search: Randsomware Facts at The Microsoft Malware Protection Center at www.microsoft.com.
- Also, for a whole website that provides a variety of useful information on antivirus software on preventing cyber hacking, to report cyber crime, to repair your electronic devices, and much more: go to www.microsoft.com and type in the specific topic you are looking for in the search bar of the webpage.