If you’re using a Windows PC you may need to take precautions regarding this.
Malware: For those running a Windows PCs you should read the post on the “MakeUseOf” website about the PC malware called Cryptolocker (See link below).
This, apparently, is a particularly nasty piece of malware that could encrypt your files and prevent you getting access to them if you didn’t fork our €300 within 3 days. After that they are unrecoverably.
There have been previous variants of this type of malware, including the “Garda” one, but this version is one of the most malicious to date.
There’s detailed information about Cryptolocker, and some recommendation regarding its prevision, on the “MakeUseOf” site. See the following link: