Ransomware and other malware, especially received by email is a big threat. Stopping or alerting the recipient to the potential threat inside an email or email attachment is primary in protection. We see and hear of lots of software being heavily marketed to be a 100% protection against ransomware. Like the majority of spammed software, this isn’t one of them. There is no such thing as complete protection. For those that want to believe there is, I can sell you a bridge.
I received what I consider a spam Direct Message on Twitter from a fairly recent user @Synergyusallc the message looks like
Following the link to their Twitter profile shows that they are spamming a load of different Twitter users with the same message and have been for some weeks
Now that’s the spam out of the way, lets take a quick look at the product they are spamming. Is it any good? Does it work? is it useful?
For some users there is no doubt it probably might help to protect them against some email based malware attachments. However it does have drawbacks for users in the real world.
First of all. It does NOT protect against ransomware
That is right. It does NOT protect against ransomware. It can help to protect against a range of potentially malicious attachments and file types being received in emails. That doesn’t sound so sexy, so they have overegged the pudding and say it is a total protection against email ransomware
However these sort of partially effective tools foster a false sense of security, where an email recipient thinks that he is totally protected so can open any email attachment that hasn’t been flagged by this or similar tools. Unfortunately this also applies to an anti-virus installed on the computer and is why we see so many infected users from all sorts of email based malware. And of course it won’t do anything to protect the user from any other method of distributing ransomware or any other malware, except when receiving emails in Outlook.
It also will remove any genuine emails containing attachments with the specified file types.
This is the website http://www.synergy-usa-llc.com/ransomsaver-overview.html
Basically it is a plugin that works in Outlook 2007 and newer and Outlook for Office 365. It is supposed to scan all incoming emails and detect ransomware or potential ransomware files in attachments. The way it does this is to examine all attachments and if the attachment or the file inside the attachment matches one of the file types specified moves the email to a folder inside the users deleted items folder.
The current list of file types detected, according to their website are: