PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Glenn Peterson
, a noted attorney, knows that scammers who operate online have many tricks up their sleeves when it comes to getting information and cash out of their victims. One of the most recent scams to pop up, according to Smithsonian.com
, is the use of ransomware.
Ransomware locks a computer down and informs users that the government has information regarding illegal Internet activity and that a fine is being leveraged against them. In some cases, the ransomware takes a digital picture of the Internet user through their webcam and many scammers have been bold enough to use the logos of government agencies. While Popular Mechanics has offered the tip of steering clear of websites that may be infected with these scams, Peterson is not so sure that the answer is quite that simple.
"I don't agree with Popular Mechanics that the best protection, 'Like avoiding dangerous blocks in the inner city,' is to 'stay away from the seedier areas of the Internet,'" comments Glenn Peterson. "Unlike the inner city, dangerous neighborhoods in cyberspace are not always apparent from a drive by view. Oftentimes online, one doesn't know when they're in a seedy area until it's too late. Who hasn't clicked a video link that purports to be from a friend or relative? By the time you realize your friend or relative was hacked it's too late--you've already clicked on the link. So rule number one should be to not click on links, right? We all probably know that, but it's unrealistic to think that it's a rule that can be followed observantly. The success of Pinterest proves this point."
Peterson continues: "The better and more realistic way to protect against ransomware is to install security software. There are software products available now that not only block this type of malware, but also unlock the computer and remove the malware if an infection does occur. The security software is all priced below $90. This is a small price to pay when compared to the cost of restoring or replacing an infected drive. So whether you visit seedier areas of the Internet by choice or by accident, protect yourself by making sure that your security software is up to date."
Keeping one's computer free of malware and other destructive software is quite difficult on today's Internet. Additionally, escaping the clutches of scammers that are becoming increasingly savvy in operations can prove challenging for the inexperienced Internet surfer. Glenn Peterson encourages anyone using the World Wide Web to ensure that they have adequate protection against such devious software programs.
is the founder of a boutique legal firm in Sacramento, California, where he provides guidance and representation regarding cases pertaining to intellectual property, copyright, business litigation, business torts, trademark, and franchise law. Prior to opening his firm, Peterson attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, where he earned a law degree and served as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Additionally, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. During his undergraduate years, Peterson was an editorial cartoonist for the Daily Bruin and other noted publications. Aside from his work in the courtroom and at his firm, Peterson has gained influence as a speaker and writer, as well as a prominent member of numerous professional organizations and associations.