Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Ransomware: Getting Scarier By The Minute

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Ransomware attacks are getting scarier by the minute. One of the latest targets was the 911 computer system in the Town of Palm Beach. Hackers locked three drives with ransomware. That left dispatchers taking notes with pencils and papers instead of inputting emergency calls into the computer system.

In this case, the community’s IT staff was able to restore the drives. Other places were not so lucky and have actually paid ransom to these crooks to get their PCs back up and running.


Among the targets of Ransomware so far this year, have been colleges and school systems, hospitals, churches, utility services, government agencies, and even pet rescue charities.

Part of the reasons these attacks are so hard to beat is that the latest forms of ransomware are super-smart.

Some are even capable of changing their code as often as every 15 seconds, which makes it very difficult for traditional security programs to detect them.


What can you do? Almost all of these damaging programs get into systems because people click on links in emails or on websites that download them.

You and everyone else in your home or business must be careful. Don’t just click on links or open attachments because they show up in your email.

Are you expecting a file from someone? If not, check with them first to see if they are indeed sending anything. Better yet, don’t distribute things like documents as attachments. Upload them to a shared file and have a policy of notifying everyone in advance when something is going to be made available.

Always have up-to-date security on your PC, too. The most important thing you can do is to think before you click. Read everything, no exceptions. These attacks are only going to get smarter.

~ Cynthia


Tags: , , , , ,

One Response to “Ransomware: Getting Scarier By The Minute”

  1. James J says:

    I get soooo many emails everyday from people saying I owe them money and to check the attached invoice to see if it is correct to I have undelivered Gmail or Gmail support is trying to contact me. Well, I don’t even have a Gmail account so why would I be getting notifications from Gmail and or their support? If you go to the message source (header?) and look at the “actual” email it was sent from you will clearly see it was not from Gmail. This is the actual email account the “Gmail notification” was sent from – but in the email they showed “Google Service” and it even has the Google symbols all over it. Somebody needs to stop this illegal activity but there seems to be no police nor punishment for this kind of stuff…. Imagine if I had clicked on all those scam emails????

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive