CryptoLocker is a new exploit where the bad guys encrypt your personal files in your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folder and holds them for ransom. You have 72 hours to respond, and the cost to decrypt is $300. Once your files are encrypted there is no getting them back!
This is a pretty serious exploit, as there is no way to decrypt the files without the encryption key that the bad guys want to sell you for $300. And of course, they are bad guys, so there is a chance that you won’t get the key if you do pay the ransom.
There are two ways to prevent this from being a problem for you. You can back up your files to another place. Or you can download and install the free utility CryptoPrevent from Foolish IT. Or you could do both, and really be protected.
You can read more about this on Sophos. We recommend using Carbonite as your backup solution, and not just because we are partners of Carbonite. If you need help with setting up a backup solution, or installing CryptoPrevent find an computer support professional of your choice, or call us for assistance.