DANGEROUS VIRUS ALERT: Cryptolocker
Cryptolocker is a new virus that behaves somewhat differently to those we have seen before. Cryptolocker belongs to a category of viruses known as ransomware. These don’t just slow your machine down and cause a nuisance, they deliberately (and criminally) set out to extort money from you.
Previous examples of ransomware locked up your computer and demanded a fee to unlock your computer. These threats were usually cleaned up just by using a good quality anti-virus program.
Cryptolocker is different: your computer and software will continue to run but when it is launched, Cryptolocker quietly encrypts the files (documents, pictures, spreadsheets, etc) on your computer and on the network. The first you know about it is when the Ransom message pops up.
As the Leveson inquiry rolls on, privacy is once again on the agenda. But it’s not just celebs who need to be cautious – all web users have cause for concern over the handling of their data online.
Over the years, we grew accustomed to celebrities being hounded by the press and barely batted an eyelid when the first high profile cases of phone hacking came to light. After all, it goes with the territory, right? How could they complain when they are being paid millions of pounds for such a glamorous career that relies heavily on media exposure anyway?
Tablets are very much ‘of the moment’ but experts warn us not to write off the humble laptop just yet. It seems 2012 could see a revival with longer battery life and new lightweight designs.
Chromebooks and Ultrabooks to storm market in 2012
Dixons has forecasted that in a year’s time, at least one in every ten computer sales will be a Google Chromebook.
Your mobile network may use phrases such as ‘unlimited data’ in its marketing but the reality is that mobile networks are, in fact, struggling to keep up with demand.
The major mobile networks in the UK are struggling to meet demand for smartphone Internet access, reports The Guardian.
Writing for the newspaper, Juliette Garside explained that this issue has meant O2, Vodafone and Orange have had to impose restrictions on supposedly ‘unlimited’ data deals, often citing the possibility of abuse as the reason for protecting their share of the 3G spectrum.