Ars Technica reports a security flaw in Facebook and LinkedIn that can cause ransomware to be unleashed on your computer. Please read:
Are you feeling Locky? —
Locky ransomware uses decoy image files to ambush Facebook, LinkedIn accounts
for the details. Of course, the best protection against ransomware is to not download anything and to never open a file or attachment, but that is not real in today’s world. Consequently, I highly recommend two software programs. I use both and have no financial or other interest in either program, other than being a long-time user of each.
The first is BitDefender Internet Security, which includes ransomware protection. There is a special Black Friday deal which is accessible here:
The second is Sandboxie, which allows you to open nearly any program automatically in a sandbox. The result is that even if malware is downloaded, it is downloaded to a sandbox, not to your main operating system files. Even if opened, the files are in a sandbox and thus can be checked and deleted without ever exposing your computer to permanent harm. Sandboxie offers an inexpensive lifetime license.
Be safe, be aware.
Richard Adin, An American Editor