Probably you heard about ransomware or you got infected.
But what is a ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files unless a ransom is paid. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems (eg. documents and multimedia files) and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key.
Prevention is the first rule. Have always a regular backup of your important files or better a full system image so if accidentally you got infected by ransomware you can easily restore your files/system.
Ransomware generally are installed by malicious software installed by the user(eg. downloaded by web sites or within email attachments).
There are also some tools that allows to protect your system: BitDefender Antiransomware, MalwareBytes Anti-Ransomware, HitmanPro.Alert (commercial), CryptoPrevent Malware Protection (available both as free and commercial versions).
There are also some utilities that allows to scan the system and remove ransomware if you have been infected: Trend Micro AntiRansomware, Trend Micro Ransomware Screen Unlocker Tool, Kaspersky Ransomware Decryptor, RansomwareRemovalKit.
The problem is that everyday a new ramsoware variant born, so become difficult to detect / remove.
To keep updated about ransoware news follow Bleeping Computer and Security Affairs blog where are reported also the new antiransomware / decrypter tools released.
The site The No More Ransom Project collect various decryption tools.
It’s highly suggested to never pay the ransom (generally in Bitcoin).
Most interesting free and opensource software of the month:
All in One – System Rescue Toolkit is a collection of tools for running administrative and troubleshooting tasks. The toolkit, compatible for all Windows versions (from XP), features a LIVE CD part which you can boot, and allows you to use certain programs directly.
Gifster allows to record part of your desktop screen and save as animated GIF.
FileFriend is a Windows utility that allows to split, join, encrypt and hide files as JPG images.
PartitionGuru Free is a Windows partition management software.
The official Facebook client for Android is famous not only for the millions of users but also because it’s heavy.
Users criticize three main points: it uses a lot of storage, ram and battery slowing down smartphone performances.
There is an increasing number of users that prefer alternatives, just consider if it’s better to have some less features than the ones of the official client or take advantages of a more lightweight app.
There are various alternatives, the suggestion is to try them all and choose the better for your needs.
An important annotation: it’s a recent news that users from web browser see a message instead of the usual message window with the notice that the conversations will be moved in the Messenger app.
Metal is a web wrapper with additional features like notification, windows and themes.
Facebook Lite is one of the most tiny client, has frequent updates.
SlimSocial another web wrapper, app actually in development (it lacks some features) but has already received many positive opinions.
Fast for Facebook one of the first app as alternative of the native client. As the name says the developer declare to be the fastest alternative.
Mini for Facebook another web wrapper, one particular feature is the video downloader.
Tinfoil is the original, open-source Facebook site wrapper and offers increased privacy.
Toffeed another web wrapper, has an omnipresent circular button placed at the bottom right of the screen that you can press to make a post, be it a status update, photo or check in.
Hermit offers more than just a wrapper for Facebook: it offers a wrapper for absolutely any website at all. It’s in material design and integrates an Ad Block.
Swipe a web wrapper with an heavier emphasis on UX and UI design, it features also a dark theme, useful for night view.
Folio Free another web wrapper in a nice designed Material Design interface.
Puffin for Facebook is a plugin specifically developed for Puffin browser.