Filed under Malware (Virus) Protection

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

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

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SMARTPHONE

Consumer Reports estimates that 4 million smartphones were lost or stolen last year and never recovered. Recently a co-worker had her smartphone stolen at work. Hopefully you will never have your phone stolen or lose it. Here are a few tips to help you protect your smartphone from prying eyes, viruses, theft, and bad apps. … 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

CRYPTOLOCKER RANSOMWARE VIRUS

A new ransonmware virus is spreading. It is called CryptoLocker.  Like most ransomware, CryptoLocker takes control of your PC or files. In order to regain control, you must pay the hacker a ransom…money.  Once you pay up, they will relinquish control of your computer or files. Cryptolocker spreads primarily when infected email attachments are opened. Also, … Continue reading

HACKED EMAIL ACCOUNT

You Have Been Hacked! Now What? You are (apparently) sending out emails, but you don’t remember doing it. Your family members, friends, co-workers, or just about anyone in your email address book are getting emails from you with strange subjects and weird-looking website addresses. Your friends are calling you or trying to email you and … Continue reading

HELP!! MY COMPUTER IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE

Recently a close family member (let’s call him Steve) did not have use of his computer for several days. The computer was locked up, being held for ransom. The computer was infected with FBI ransom virus. WHAT IS THIS VIRUS? The FBI virus is the latest version of ransomware viruses. Ransomware are viruses that infect … Continue reading

NO INTERNET ACCESS ON JULY 9TH

    Possibly 300,000 – 450,000 people will be without Internet access starting July 9th. Why you ask? Several PCs are infected with a virus called DNS Changer. The virus hides within other software programs. DNS Changer infects your computer once you download and install the program it was hiding in. For example, you could … Continue reading