The Right Way to Handle Cryptolocker
By Leo Notenboom
The Right Solution
The issue is that you should not be trying to avoid just one specific kind of malware. Cryptolocker is malware with particularly bad effects, but it’s malware nonetheless. We should be doing what we can to avoid all malware, not just CryptoLocker.
The problem is of course, that the next malware that comes along could be as bad or worse and not do it the same way that CryptoPrevent is preventing. My concern is that running CryptoPrevent will just give people a false sense of security. It prevents one very specific class of malware, and that’s it.
In fact, if CryptoPrevent were to actually make a difference on your machine it’s because you already allowed CryptoLocker to be downloaded on to your machine! That is what needs to be prevented, because the things that prevent you from downloading Cryptolocker are the kinds of things that prevent all malware.
The right way to deal with CryptoLocker is to treat it just like any other malware. Remember, only you can prevent malware. Don’t open email attachments that you aren’t absolutely certain are safe, and as I understand it CryptoLocker currently propagates most commonly via email attachments.–
This excerpt appears with permission from Leo Notenboom.