Filed under Computer Security

IT’S TIME FOR A SECURITY CHECK UP

You have probably heard about the most recent technology security problem. The personal data of 6 million Verizon customers were leaked online. Verizon said that the problem was the result of a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server. The error made available online the names, phone numbers and PIN codes of customers. Unless you … Continue reading

WANNACRY DECRYPTOR WILL MAKE YOU CRY

  WHAT IS WANNACRY It is a version of malicious software (malware) called ransomware. Typical ransomware locks your computer and does not unlock your computer until you pay the amount of money\ransom that the hacker wants. I first wrote about ransomware in 2012. I said that the use of ransomware would increase. It is very … Continue reading

COMPUTER = LOVE = PROTECT

I know, the title of this blog post is a bit strange. Let me explain. A few days ago I was in BestBuy looking for a new PC for my daughter. Her current laptop (a 3-year old Asus) leaves a lot to be desired. The store did not have the specific Lenovo model I wanted. … Continue reading

RANSOMWARE & TECHNOLOGY MOBSTERS

  I am sure you have heard of businesses paying money to organized crime thugs to ensure that their businesses don’t get burned down or that no one meets with any untimely physical misfortune. Will you or someone you know end up paying “rent” ($20-$100 a month) to digital mobsters in the near future? You … Continue reading

WHY SO MANY SECURITY BREACHES?

    Disclaimer: I am currently not in the IT Security field, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have worked in IT since 1990. I am very good at securing individual endpoint devices. I started using computers, the Internet, and email back in 1988. I have never been hacked, never had … Continue reading

PROTECT YOUR NEW COMPUTER

Did Santa bring you a new laptop or desktop computer? If so, here are a few tips on how to protect your valuable new computer. SAY CHEESE Crooks steal. It is their job.  Take pictures of each side of your laptop or desktop that clearly shows the make, name, model number and serial number. If … Continue reading

BEWARE – CRYPTOWALL RANSOMWARE

Hang on to this post for the next 12-24 months to see if I am right or wrong. In the very near future, I believe ransomware attacks will increase and will likely be the number 1 type of attack, especially when it comes to the home computer user. The nastiest ransomware virus right now is … Continue reading

Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM). This is year number 11 for NCSAM. Technology has really changed in the last 11 years. We are more connected now than ever. In the past 11 years, the bad guys have gotten much better at compromising computers and stealing personal data. There are some people that … Continue reading

Cloud Hack

By now I am sure you have heard the news story about the 90+ celebrities (Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is mentioned the most) that had nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves show up on the Internet. Supposedly a hacker was able to access their Apple iCloud accounts and steal the photos. Apple says that … Continue reading