Rootkits the Key to Stealing Your Information

What is a rootkit, first of all?

Rootkits, in general, has been an issue for corporations and even personal computers for over a decade. Rootkits are, in the simplest terms, a way of gathering information; rather the information is about you, a company, or even behaviors. Rootkits are an information thief’s Swiss Army Knife.

What do rootkits do?

Rootkits are designed to infiltrate a device and collect information. This information is often credit card numbers, passwords, and usernames. This information can be used to steal and overtake accounts; this can include Facebook accounts, business accounts, and bank accounts. There are ways to counter rootkits but I will go into that later.

Why does any of this matter if I have a strong password?

Unfortunately, most security measures that websites, your computer, and even your phone have in place are generally to stop someone from physically accessing your device. The main problem with rootkits is that most of them are cleverly disguised so that you don’t know until it’s too late. Having a strong password is important but, in most rootkit cases, completely useless.

How does it collect my information?

Usually, rootkits depend on your trust with your day-to-day device; and yes this includes business computers or mobile phones as well. You go to your app store, browse through some games or business tools, and download one or two. Most applications come with some kind of permissions that you have to pre-approve. Giving the app permission gives them permission.

All of this is overwhelming I know, but here are some things you can do

  • You always want to check reviews and ratings before downloading an application; the more reviews the more credible the application.
  • Is this an application you’ve heard of before? If so, chances are you’re okay.
  • Does the permissions of the application match with what the description says the app does? If no then you probably shouldn’t download it.
  • Speaking of reviews… do all of the reviews look and sound the same? Then they’re more than likely fake reviews, by fake accounts.

Wait I thought that kind of thing happened to mostly computers

For the longest time, this statement was true for the most part. However, because of new technologies ever evolving and business’ allowing you to bring your own device to work, this isn’t true any longer. Now more than ever you should be aware of what you’re downloading and what it’s for; especially if your personal device doubles over as a work device.

How do I tell if I already have a rootkit on my device?

Luckily in today’s market, there is plenty of software available to scan and identify harmful programs on your device. Make sure you follow the guidelines I provided earlier to determine a credible application.

What if I do have a rootkit on my device?

The safest and most effective method to get rid of a rootkit, along with any other harmful files, is to reinstall your OS (operating system). Most of the time rootkits aren’t that deeply embedded. I know it can be a pain but the alternative isn’t worth it; you could lose your job and even end up in court for putting your business at risk.

What do I do before I reinstall my OS?

The best thing you can do for yourself at this point is taking your phone to an expert who can make sure your valuable files are backed up before. This method can sometimes be costly. If you don’t want to deal with the extra expense you can always download Malwarebytes onto your pc and transfer the files; Malwarebytes has a function that allows you to scan files before they’re put onto your computer.

That’s it!

You’ve now educated yourself on how to avoid these situations, and what to do if they happen. I have dealt with viruses and software attacks since the late 90’s and if there’s anything I’ve learned – it’s to be careful of what I download. Stay safe.

Best Unlimited Online Cloud Backup Services in 2017

Unlimited online backup plans are plans that provide you with unlimited space to store your data, the plans are usually provided by the online backup providers. Maybe you are wondering why can’t I just use the free online backup plan, well, the free online backup plan can only store a video or two, some music files and a few years tax returns. But in case you are dealing with large data, for example, 50 ripped Blu-ray movies, 11,000 mp3s and virtual machines then it is recommendable to use the standard plan. Below are five unlimited online plan backups’ plans that you can use.

Backblaze

Backblaze is preferred by most people because its offers unlimited online backup plans that is super-simple in terms of figuring out how to install the software. For one computer, Backblaze will cost you five dollars per month for the unlimited online backup plans. You can make the price more favorable .i.e. 3.96 dollars per month for the unlimited online backup plan in case you make a prepayment of two years for the services. The good thing with the plan offered by Backblaze is that it does not have limits when it comes to the amount or size of data that you can backup.

Crash Plan Unlimited

This is also another recommendable unlimited online backup plan since it is very easy to use and also very safe. The price of the backup plan is also very competitive since it only cost you 5.99 dollars per month for the unlimited online backup plan, the price goes down to five dollars per month if you make a one-year prepayment. With the CrashPlan Unlimited you can enjoy their backup plan from more than one computer through their Family Unlimited Plan. The Family Unlimited Plan goes for 13.99 dollars per month per but if you make one year prepayment then it will cost you 12.50 dollars per month.

Carbonite Basic /Prime/Plus

Carbonite comes with three backup plans .i.e. the Carbonite Plus which goes for 8.33 dollars per month, the Carbonite Basic which costs 5 dollars per month and the Carbonite Prime which costs 12.50 dollars per month. In case you make a three-year prepayment for any of the three plans, you save one to three dollars per month. Remember the features of the plans increases with increase in their prices. Some people tend to think that the Carbonite Basic does not support videos backups which is not true, the reason why it seems so is that the plan excludes the videos using the default and all you need for it to support video backup is remove the exclusion.

Live Drive Backup

To get the Live Drive Backup plan you will have to part with your 8 dollars per month, it is the cheaper version of the Live Drive Unlimited online backup plan. The other version of the Live Drive unlimited online backup plan is the Pro Suite which costs 25 dollars per month. The prices of these two Live Drive Backup plans can be reduced in case you make a one-year prepayment, for instance, the Live Drive’s plans reduce to seven dollars per month while the Pro Suite decreases to twenty dollars per month. The reason why the Live Drive Backup is cheaper compared to the Pro Suite is that it only works on one computer while the Pro suite can be used on five computers. The reason why Live Dive Backup is usually preferred by most people is that it is cheap in case you decide to add an extra computer since it will only cost you 1.50 dollars per month.

Open Drive

Open Drive have two backup plans, the Personal Unlimited plan which goes for 9.95 dollars per month and the Business Unlimited plan which costs 29.95 dollars per month. The two backup plans have very many similarities, the only two differences are the custom branding option and the more user accounts found in the Business Unlimited Plan. In case you make a one-year prepayment for one or the two backup plans, you save a lot of money since it will be equivalent to two month backup plan price. With the Open Drive unlimited online backup plan you benefit from services such as automated backup, sync and backup scheduling, file versioning, user management and redundant backup just to name a few.