By now, many of us have heard about Ransomware viruses that quite literally hold your data for ransom. This form of malware encrypts the files on an infected system and effectively holds them hostage until the owner of the files pays a ransom in an untraceable currency (usually Bit Coin) to the malware scammers.
There are many forms of Malware and most recently we’ve found, that people have been paying scammers for things as simple as the threat of holding private or personal information (Blackmail). Depending on the user, the embarrassment of a potential leak of such information would cause them much distress, so they pay regardless. This is often not a very good idea as all it does is promote further attacks and does nothing in the way of protecting the user. We recommend storing the email that you may have received in a folder and giving it no further thought. It is very unlikely that the hacker has anything on you and more importantly, paying them for anything gives you no guarantees what-so-ever.
How Do I Protect Myself?
From this particular threat there is no real way to protect yourself outside of subscribing to an anti-threat mail filtration system which would attempt to block the message prior to getting thru to your email. Our email hosted domains are filtered for such content and we’re always investing in new methods to address such concerns. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact our sales or customerservice department.