Ransomware Was Back In The News This Week

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 More

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Do You Need A Paid Antivirus Solution ?

Selecting an antivirus solution is a bit like a lawyer when you get in trouble , if you cannot afford one , one will be supplied for you. Yes there are Free Solutions some of which I like and some I do not and ones that will let you down. Remember that it is your actions that will cause you to get infected with virus and malware. You do not keep your operating system up to date You do not keep your software up to date  You run an outdated operating system – outdated software You browse to an unsafe webpage that has infected ads on it  You click a link in an email that is fake You download from “so-called ” free sites – movies / tv / software – they will invariably come with infections  Lastly is the fact that you run as an administrator which means if… Read More

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What Is A DDoS Attack And Could You Be Contributing

You will hear a bit about this as a teenager in Adelaide has been arrested for supposedly conducting one. Teen Charged Over Cyber Attacks So what is a DDoS attack ? First DDoS stands for ” Distributed Denial Of Service ”  “A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.” — http://www.digitalattackmap.com/understanding-ddos/ Think of it this way , imagine a business suddenly receiving 5000 phone calls from a variety of sources that arrive all at once but these calls do not stop. If you have a malware / virus infected computer you may actually be contributing to the attacks. “Attackers build networks of infected computers, known as… Read More

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