How to stop your computer from blowing up, and then make it safer
In a new study, the nonprofit Blaisdell’s Office Supply tested over 2 million laptops and found that most of the machines had been infected with ransomware.
Blaisfell’s said that the malware can affect the computers by locking down the processor, making it harder for the computer to perform basic tasks, or by making it difficult to boot up.
In a study published this week in the Journal of Computer-Aided Design, Blaisls Office Supply found that the average time spent trying to reboot a laptop was about three minutes.
The researchers said they were not able to pinpoint the cause of the problem, but suggested that the infections may have been due to a combination of poor security practices and poor customer service.
“There are many possible causes, including poorly designed and configured systems, poor user interface, poor hardware design, and inadequate user education,” the researchers wrote.
Blasdell’s also said that it has identified an increase in ransomware attacks across the world, which have been increasing over the last few years.
In the U.K., the number of ransomware infections in October was more than double the amount of the same month last year.
That increase has been attributed to a growing ransomware industry.
“The number of malicious threats in the United Kingdom has risen to more than 400,000,” Blasds Office Supply wrote in the study.
The group says that this is a problem that has to be addressed and that it is working to improve security practices in order to prevent this from happening again.