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WARNING!! DEVICE LOCK MALWARE GOING AROUND…

There is a bunch of cyber crooks remotely locking and holding your devices, including smartphones, hostage by sending out website links or emails with usually a video or other attachment and when you click on the attached file; be it a video or email, it will hold and lock your device or phone hostage and lock it with malware and demand you pay upwards to six hundred or so dollars to get the release of your device back to you and there is no guarantee that the release code or software they send you will work leaving your phone or device be it an iPad or android device locked and useless. Until I do more research into this, in the meantime, get Norton’s (aka Symantec) mobile phone security for your mobile devices. I was already on Norton’s 360 antivirus with the option to add mobile security to my Iphone but Symantec has released a new version of Norton 360 called Norton Internet Security but in any case, get the multi-device product and do your research and get your device at least running with some sort of security to prevent or warn you of possible threats contained in the email or video sent to your device.

The malware will usually open right away disguising itself as an FBI security message telling you that malware has been detected with spam and located it and will also install child pornography on your phone or device and demand upwards of six hundred US dollars to send you an unlock code or piece of software to rid your device of the illegal images and malware. It is built that way to scare you into paying the monies to keep you from reporting it to the law enforcement agencies near you as if you had been downloading and viewing/trading child porn and promises to rid your device of the infection for the ransom. Do not fall for this. Instead, immediately take your device infected to local law enforcement and they can tell if your device has been hijacked. You may still have to pay the ransom to get your device back in working order but being proactive is the best advice I can give at this point while I do more research and then in the meantime, research this criminal activity and take measures to protect your devices against this type of attack. If you get an unusual email with a video attachment or document attachment you did not expect or even if you get one from someone you know and cannot first scan it with your protective measures, stay on the safe side and do not open it and as always, every now and then, change your passwords to complicated ones that only you would know and be hard to hack and write them down in a safe place and practice typing them or make some sort of song out of them; some sort of memory jogging to remember them on the go-that’s what I do to remember mine. 

The internet is getting more and more difficult to navigate safely so you have to stay one step ahead of the hackers out there by being conscience of the fact that your friends and business accounts could be hacked and send you a file that looks innocent enough but you have to be proactive and have mobile security on your phones and mobile devices as well as your computer/laptop and keep the protection software you choose updated regularly. I am fixing to do some research on the best mobile device protection and I’ll have it on site soon. In the meantime, be wary of what you open from anyone; friend or an unknown and unexpected email. Get an email scanner that hopefully comes bundled with your email client or protection software you choose. Use different search engines while doing your research. The top search engines are Bing, Google and Yahoo among many others. Talk soon. Take care of yourselves and each other and may God Bless…CES…