An Adelaide businessman was on the news this week after paying $5000 to get access to his data after it was encrypted. In one interview he explained he did not know how it happened and his backup did not work. He has also now bought a new computer. If you are a business you should ensure that you put steps in place along with being educated as to how this can happen and if it does happen , get help , DO NOT DO what this business owner did. So how did this happen Normally through Spam Emails Spam emails are the most typically used method by ransomware creators to send out attacks to potential victims. They are designed to look like they come from a legitimate email address but in most cases can be spotted by the address they come from ( when did you last look ) or… Read MoreContinue Reading
You will occasionally see Facebook posts encouraging you to , invest , buy something that they have supposedly endorsed These posts are misleading and false so beware but I have seen many people believe what they have seen. Here is an example from my newsfeed this morning If you click on it , you will end up at This is a nonsense piece designed to ” suck you in ” and has been doctored to look like an ABC storyContinue Reading
Windows 7 – all good things come to an end and so does Microsofts support of Windows 7. Windows 7 support will finish in January 2020 – it seems a long way off but it is closer than you think and windows 7 has been around since 2009 – When support stops on a platform, it means it will no longer receive patches and when these exploits aren’t fixed – it is open season on your computer’s security. Why is support ending such a concern: No security updates – this means that you will vulnerable if you go onto the internet – this includes emails – these updates and patch fixes are the dam holding back a plethora of exploits and vulnerabilities that could bring your computer to a halt and place your data at risk . No feature updates Software will eventually stop supporting Windows 7 – as browsers… Read MoreContinue Reading
If you own a Dell Computer there is an issue with SupportAssist From the Dell website : SupportAssist proactively checks the health of your system’s hardware and software. When an issue is detected, the necessary system state information is sent to Dell for troubleshooting to begin. Dell will contact you to start the resolution conversation, preventing issues from becoming costly problems. However it has been discovered that SupportAssist has a security issue ; Dell Laptops And Computers Vulnerable To Remote Hijacks So head on over to the Dell Website and download a new version :Dell Support AssistContinue Reading
How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired because you have become infected with viruses and malware ?Infection from virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIOURAL rules.Remember if you get infected it is YOUR fault not your computer’s.Continue Reading
Everything changes including my opinion of antivirus software – there are some that are good and some that I find in my experience are not great at all.
So do you need commercial antivirus
software such as Trend or Norton
With all the email addresses and passwords that have been leaked on the internet how do you know if one that you used is vulnerable.
Well renowned security researcher and blogger Troy Hunt has a site that is a free resource for anyone to quickly assess if they may have been put at risk due to an online account of theirs having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach.Continue Reading
So your computer freezes and a splash screen appears urging you to call a number that appears to come from Microsoft – what should you do
First it has not come from Microsoft – you went to a webpage that was infected through the ads on the page.I have received calls again on this and people letting these ” so called tech support ” people logon to their computer – which you should NOT DO.
Scams – Lets start getting smart about these , here is a list that could really go on forever and what to do about themContinue Reading