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    Corporations being hit hard by ransomware

    June 25th, 2016 by

    I recently had an MD who had his windows PC hit by a non-encrption ransomware. Fortunately, a restore point and resetting IE worked for him. Unfortunately, more and more of the ransomware also encrypts the files. I told him how lucky he was. The number of corporate users hit by crypto ransomware is skyrocketing

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    Court rules FBI can hack your computer w/o a warrant!

    June 25th, 2016 by

    This is one of those situations where the goal is a good one. The FBI was able to shut down and arrest a child pornography ring. They even had a warrant. The bad part is that the judge ruled that they didn’t even need one! That’s troubling to me. Apparently, since I can be hacked […]

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    Some ideas on how to prepare for a Ransomware attack

    June 24th, 2016 by

    Unfortunately, ransomware has become the “malware of choice”lately. we all probably know one or more folks who have fallen victim. In just about every case, they have no up-to-date backup. That leaves paying the rensom or “nuke & pave” it. Here are some suggestions for preparing to recover from an attack. How to prepare for […]

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    No more “Support” calls from MS. Now, it’s your ISP

    June 23rd, 2016 by

    Guess enough of us have clued into the “Tech Support” calls from “Microsoft” or “Google”. Now, they seem to be from your ISP. Never…never…never… (did I say “Never?”) accept a cold call regarding tech support. Tech support scams target victims via their ISP

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    Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

    June 23rd, 2016 by

    Enough said. Be sure to update your AirPort router ASAP. Apple fixes serious flaw in AirPort wireless routers

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    If you thought your smart phone was save from malware…Think again!

    June 23rd, 2016 by

    Nothing is safe these days from malware. Even iOT things like refrigerators can be hacked. Be advised and, as they said on the V show Hill Street Blues, “Be careful out there!”. This Android malware can secretly root your phone and install programs

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    Before you lose your wallet, here are some tips

    June 22nd, 2016 by

    Can’t remember the last time I lost my wallet. I did, temporarily, lose my Surface 4 Pro and had to take some of these steps. This article from AARP (yea, I’m an old fart) has some good advice on how to prepare for, minimize the damage and actions to take afterwards. One thing I highly […]

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    If you use GoToMyPC, you need to change your password

    June 21st, 2016 by

    For the first rime I can recall, GoToMyPC (owned by Citrix) is being proactive BEFORE a breech is detected. Apparently it’s in reaction to recent breeches that show that many folks use the same password for every site. Kudos. Citing Attack, GoToMyPC Resets All Passwords

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    Buy an acer product online in the past year? You’ve been exposed!

    June 21st, 2016 by

    Looks like Acer is the latest victim of a breech. Turns out that if you bought anything from their online store between 12May15 and 28Apr16, your information is almost certainly compromised. They are not offering free credit monitoring or identity protection services. I never liked Acer products. Yet another reason for me to avoid recommending […]

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    Making a “Clean” install of W10 will soon be much easier

    June 20th, 2016 by

    Anyone who wants to “nuke & pave” a computer running W10 knows it can be a big hassle. Have to install W10 and then update it as well as remove any “junkware” crapware) that the vendor (or you) might have installed. Well, that should become easier shortly. MS has released a tool (currently only available […]

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