Tagged with Virus

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

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