What Did I Discuss On Radio – 8th Oct

Cryptolocker What is Cryptolocker ? Cryptolocker is malicious software that encrypts files and asks for a ransom to make them available again . This software is constantly changing to avoid detection  Was there money to be made from this , the “mastermind “ from Russia who was arrested reportedly made $100 million dollars  How do You Get Cryptolocker ? This occurs after you click a link in an email  This link will be something that looks like it was from Australia Post , Telstra , Energy Australia currently , asking you to confirm your details . Files on your computer and network drives are then encrypted and a ransom demanded within a certain timeframe , you can have in some cases only 72 hours before a decryption key is supplied to unlock files. If no ransom is paid, the hackers threaten to never allow access to the files Large organisations… Read More

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What Did I Talk About On Radio w/c 14th April

Heartbleed Security Only change your passwords if you know the site you use has been patched  Consider changing to a password manager Turn on 2 factor authentication if it is available for your site , check if your site is available here  More details on Heartbleed and whether your site has been patched can be checked here  Install A Password Manager Lastpass  Security On An Android Device Concerned about security on an Android device , what do you need to do ? Make sure your device is running the latest version of Android that it can , check in settings in case it has not updated automatically Only download apps from the Google play store  Install Lookout which will tell you if you are downloading a suspect app  Lookout will Protect your device from malware Scan every app to ensure it’s safe Block malicious websites See which apps access your private… Read More

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It’s Microsoft Patch Day – And It’s A Big One

Microsoft released updates for Windows operating system today and this set of updates are more important than most. There will be no more updates to Windows XP so it is now an unsupported operating system which means it is a security nightmare. Here are some links that may help if you are still on Windows XP. So You Are Still Using Windows XP The End Of Windows XP If you are running Windows 8 you need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 You do this through the Windows Store Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Advice Today for all those people running Windows 8.1 there is another major update which adds over 200 new features to Windows and helps those who use the keyboard and mouse. IMPORTANT POINT :If you do not run this update you will not get next months updates so manually go into Windows update and check. Microsoft have released a… Read More

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So You’re Not Making The Move From Windows XP – What Should You Do ?

Windows XP – Don’t want to move on – What can you do ? There are 8 days to go to the end of support for Windows XP So you don’t want to upgrade or cant afford to upgrade , what can you do ? Here are my suggestions. Make sure your computer is “ clean as a whistle “ – no infections on the computer or through the browser. If you are not sure you should get some help. Make sure all updates to April 8th are done and installed  Now here is what you need to do. Stop using Internet Explorer Use Google Chrome or Firefox with no add ons or extensions  Uninstall Adobe Flash , Adobe Reader , Java  Move your emails to online , Gmail / Outlook.com  Use an antivirus product – my preference is eset.com.au Stop running as an administrator – run as a limited… Read More

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Don’t Pay For Windows Repair Software

If you are having problems with Windows and do not want to give it to a repairer to fix the issues and try to do it yourself then do not do what some have done lately and buy a ” one fix all program ” over the internet that promises miraculous cures for your computer. These programs will come up with many errors ,  bogus ones, then ask for you to buy it . So what do you end up with: More crap on your computer A compromised credit card that you will have to cancel On the top of this post you will see a picture of Windows XP Advanced Module which for a price is available via the internet and by the way ( its malware)

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The End Of Windows XP – It’s Time To Go – One Month To Go

I get this question every week via email or radio , to talk about the end of Windows XP and why should users be concerned. All operating systems come to an end eventually.  Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows ME Now it is Windows XP turn. Windows XP as an operating system will receive no security updates from Microsoft from April 8th 2014. So what does that mean for you ?  By your continued use of Windows XP after April 8th on the internet , this will open you up to being infected with malware / virus infections as virus malware infections access vulnerabilities in the operating system ( Windows XP ) and as there will be no more patches you will undoubtedly become infected very quickly. Your antivirus will only do so much but as most cannot prevent you now from getting infected they will eventually do little to help… Read More

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Still Running Windows 8 – It’s Time To Make The Move To Windows 8.1

So you have Windows 8 or your computer came with Windows 8 , so why havent you made the move to Windows 8.1 Think of Windows 8.1 as the equivalent of Windows XP Service Pack 2 , they fixed a lot that was wrong. So how do you get Windows 8.1 ? First make sure you have done all your Windows updates in Windows 8 and have done all the updates in the Windows Store. Then open up the Windows store and there should be a an icon to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Click on the icon and agree and it will start to download. It is a big download ( 3.5gb ) so it will take some time. Here is a detailed rundown on how to install Windows 8.1 from Microsoft so as i always say make sure you read the instructions. Install Windows 8.1  Here is a link… Read More

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Do I Need To Defragment My Hard Drive

I am still asked by people running Windows Vista and Windows 7 whether they have to manually defragment their hard drive. Disk defragmentation is the process of consolidating fragmented files on your computer’s hard disk. For further explanation on disk defragmentation please read the attached link. What Is Disk Defragmentation? The short answer is NO if you are using Windows 7 and Windows Vista and YES if you are using Windows XP. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista this happens automatically but you can schedule this to run at other times  Windows XP however needs to be done from my experience about 6 times a year for an average user. So how do you get to Disk Defragmenter? Open Start , go to Computer. You will then see your hard drives. Right click on your C Drive and go to properties Open up the tools tab and you will see… Read More

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How To Uninstall Programs From Windows

The question I am asked  quiet a lot is , How do I uninstall programs in Windows Windows XP Go to control panel , add remove programs , open , and click on the program you want to uninstall which will highlite it then click on the remove tab to the right. Then follow any instructions to uninstall and after it has uninstalled , dont forget to reboot. Windows 7  & Windows Vista Go to control panel , programs , open , and click on the program you want to uninstall ,highlite the program and you will see uninstall at the top of the page Just click on uninstall and the program will enter the uninstall mode Then just follow the instructions. Dont forget to reboot after uninstalling

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