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Old 21. Apr 2017, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is Linux a viable ransomware stopper?

I've never been infected by ransomware on Windows 10 (yet!) so, i'm kind of quite ignorant about how it happens.

So far, i've told people to go to Linux if they want to avoid malware and viruses, but ransomware?
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As with most else malware targeting Linux, these are server based so home PC users need not worry.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...nux-computers/
https://security.stackexchange.com/q...nst-ransomware

In any case, most ransomware relies on the the user opening a link or an attachment from an address they've never heard of, mostly promising to release 10 million dollars from the secret estate of a deceased relative of helping a former US marine to cash 10 million dollars worth of gold bars he smuggled out of Iraq. IMO anyone falling for this should not even own a paper bag let alone a PC.
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Old 21. Apr 2017, 10:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You're funny MC!

As one user commented on your second link:
"The easy way to defeat ransomware on any operating system is having a regularly updated backup."

I keep telling people this but they don't do it!
Guess they should just stick to they paper bags...
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Old 22. Apr 2017, 12:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As one user commented on your second link:
"The easy way to defeat ransomware on any operating system is having a regularly updated backup."
...and in this case, a more valid statement has never been made. If only more people would follow that advice, we'd have less people who end up in a mess. I have only one suggestion - make backups (plural). Don't ever put all your eggs in one basket.
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There are many free anti-ransomware programs available for windows inc Windows 10 from the leading security companies so there is no excuse to be unprotected.
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There are many free anti-ransomware programs available for windows inc Windows 10 from the leading security companies so there is no excuse to be unprotected.
This is just the problem. Like with any normal antivirus program, you are not "protected". As with AV's, these anti ransomware tools are only an aid to protection and like AV's they do not and cannot protect against every threat. They instill a sense of false security in users who would be better off educating themselves about safe surfing and computer usage discipline in general.

Malware distribution is a massive industry and cost ransomware victims a billion dollars in 2016. With this amount of money at stake the first thing malware writers do is try to design their products around what prevention tools potential victims might have installed on their computers, and enough times to make it profitable, they will be successful. This is why reliance on apps to 'stay safe' will always be secondary to the user's own policy of prevention.
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There are many free anti-ransomware programs available for windows inc Windows 10 from the leading security companies so there is no excuse to be unprotected.
Sorry, anti-ransomeware or anti-whatever is never going to help some users who can't prevent their fingers from clicking any and everything. Education and awareness is the only answer.

Case in point, I am dual booting Linux and Windows but I am mostly on the former everyday. I don't use any anti-whatever in Linux and I can't remember the last time I did a scan in Windows. In spite of this, I can guarantee that my system is as clean as you can get.
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No protection is stupidity proof.
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As implied, any one OS is just as susceptible to ransomware as any other. Most attack data at the file level which is OS independent. Yes OSs tend to USE a specific file method to index and access the data, but the data itself is stored in the same way for the vast majority.
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