I have been wrestling for a few weeks with making this Post/Topic, as I did not wish to be perceived as someone with an agenda to pursue, including bagging Windows and pushing Linux.
My impetus, or incentive, to write the below was accelerated on reading Grinler's New Topic, here, a few weeks ago, now, but, as I am prone to, I procrastinated.
I was galvanised into action, finally, after reading a comment from one of my colleagues here, on a seemingly unrelated Topic, in which he said, in part:
“...It is up to people like us to show them the right or better way to do things....”
I slept on this overnight, and in the morning, I decided to implement those words with regard to the below.
If I have an Agenda, in being in, and continuing with my involvement with BC (Bleeping Computer), then it is this:
I want to learn as much as I can, about all sorts of subjects, but predominantly Linux, which I have committed to almost 100%
Having learned, and through my past knowledge of 40 years with computers, 24 of them with Windows up to and including Windows 7 … I want to help others, as I have been helped since being here
So without further ado, here's what I think: Linux
Let me say that again … Linux
One more time … Linux
I am a Father, a Grandfather, and a Husband. When I read a part of Grinler's article, on this page
I nearly wept, literally, at the thought of someone having 2 TB of sentimental data encrypted, perhaps lost forever, through the beastie known as RansomWare. Since that article was written we have had more, ghoulish, processes rear their ugly heads, the latest Coin Vault.
But if I look again, or refresh my screen, there will be another, and another.
If you have not already done so, then as followup to reading this article, you should read
For Windows users, ListCWall, or ListCryptoWall, is a small utility that can be used to export the list of files encrypted by the CryptoWall ransomware infection. When CryptoWall infects your computer it will encrypt your data and store a list of these encrypted files in your Windows Registry. ListCWall will export a sorted list of infected files into a text file so that you can easily find affected files.
ListCWall was developed by Bleeping Computer, which development of same, if for no other reason (and there ARE plenty of other reasons) propelled BC into becoming an industry leader in cross-platform forums.
Grinler, in his article referred to, was going to have ListCWall pulled for maintenance/up developing. I am not privy to its status – can Grinler, or Animal or Blade, or Anti Malware Response Team, enlighten me/us in that regard. Nevertheless, it still had 606 downloads last week.
If appropriate, just go, on this site to Downloads – Windows, and scroll down.
BUT – as good as ListCWall (kudos to BC) and its ilk may be, this is all what in Oz we call “bandaid surgery” - bandaid is a sticking plaster for small cuts and scratches.
I cannot tell you, who have suffered, what to do to fix your kidnapped data. I don't have the knowledge. I wish I did, really – for those of you stricken with personal data (memories, and other), nor those with businesses, both under employers or self-employed – whom have been kneecapped.
I CAN tell you what each and every one of you should have in your toolbox, in your arsenal to not only fight, but BEAT – The Blackhats.
One word – Linux.
Linux as a backup solution, whether to a USB stick up to 64 GB or more, or to CDs and DVDs that can be safeguarded
Linux, running on your PCs, and saving to an external HDD numbering in Terabytes
Linux, under a Virtual Machine environment
Linux, yada yada yada
You don't have to “leave Windows”, to use Linux, it can be on a partition on your hard drive, or even run within Windows under a WUBI-style arrangement – you get a dual-boot option but all the OS and the data were stored in a directory/folder called UBUNTU, in my case, on my C: drive, to which I allocated 18 GB on my 2TB hard drive, but only used about 10GB, before I adopted a full Linux solution.
All of the options are secure, stable, robust … and a number are very Windows-like in their look and feel. If that is what you want.
Before I go, did I tell you:
That Dell, a market leader, are now shipping laptops pre-loaded (by customer choice) with Ubuntu Linux?
That many Government Agencies and Departments are now running under a Linux Environment?
That Linux, for the Home User, is free (for the most part) and all the applications that ship with it?
That Linux Enterprise versions are available under a number of Distributions and names such as Red Hat, Zorin,Ubuntu and more – stable, secure, low-cost
That Linux Servers are available – you may be working under one, even using Windows?
Linux users number in the millions. The Linux community incorporates a brains trust of volunteers and workers that numbers in the tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands – more than one single company can boast.
Think about it, stop using bandaids and be proactive in your Risk Management.
If you do, we can beat the Black Hats yet – Linux outnumbers them!
Come and ask us how it is done - we are here to help
Edited - added "on my C: drive"
Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 17 November 2014 - 05:16 AM.
Moved from AII to 'General Security'