Thursday, April 30, 2015

Many of you out there have called me and asked to save your documents after getting infected by some version of encryption software on your computer. Most of the time, clicking on some email link or even just the email itself can download the software or take you somewhere and did it.

After watching a weekly podcast called Security Now that I subscribe to, I heard of a way that almost anybody could've gotten this nasty bug from going to any number of typical web sites.

Here is the video clip, it starts where I wanted it to at the beginning of the story and will end at 28:28, but if it starts at the beginning, just go to 22:30 to start. So a 6 minute video will give you a good idea of what had possibly happened. If you don't have 6 minutes to watch, look below the video to go to my quick explanation.

Basically, during a period from December 2014 to February 2015, if you went to any regular web site you visit such as, Daily Motion, Huffington Post,, How to and others and there was an ad on the page and your Internet browser had flash player enabled, you could've been affected. Pure and simply, you may have not done anything out of the ordinary and caught this nasty little bug.

This could've gotten anybody at any time from any of the sites listed in the video or more. So men out there, I know how we can be blamed for going to web sites that our significant others think are "not appropriate" and get the usual look when a virus gets on the computer, it very well could've been the other person who went to a site and caught it. Just food for thought.