I imagine that alot of people out there have already heard about this, but just in case you haven't, there's an apparent new malware thing out there that comes in pairs, the names that I've seen for it are GameOver Zeus and CryptoLocker. They're distributed through the typical important official looking e-mails from wherever.
GameOver Zeus is a keylogger, it'll monitor your keystrokes for bank passwords and account names and the like, once this is done CryptoLocker is activated which then proceeds to encrypt the files on your computer, and the creator of the malware holds them at ransom. Once infected, your computer joins the network in spreading the malware.
The network has, however, been temporarily broken and there is a very small window two-week window to ensure that your computer is secure, FBI, Europol, and the UK's National Crime Agency, the ones that broke the network, have said that after this window they suspect the criminal will potentially unleash a large scale cyber-attack.
What was shown to me as recommendations to secure your computer are:
Up-to-date security that checks download links and e-mail attachments, this is vital to have in protecting yourself from this.
Update your Operating System. The latest version of your OS would of course have better security.
Back up your system and files, it will help to make CryptoLocker less of a threat.
And lastly, using a 2-Step Authentication. This last step is something that requires randomly generated codes to confirm online purchases and transfers.All the information I've stated here can be found via this link, this is where I got the informationSnopes report on CryptoLockerSnopes report on GameOver Zeus
Last two links provided by Kirona
Thank them for the links, and stuff.