Month: October 2017

FTC Settles With Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

The FTC and the State of Alabama recently settled with several tech support companies which were alleging to be from major technology companies such as Microsoft and Apple.  The companies include: Trothsolutions Inc. Trothsolutions LLC Quickkonto LLC Crazy Bee Man of Palm Beach Inc. eDoorways International Corp. Airoways LLC Escue Energy, Inc. These tech support …

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Computer Virus Software

Convenience Deemed More Critical Than Online Security

Online Security Takes Backseat to Convenience Although cyber security has been brought to everyone’s attention due to the recent global ransomware attacks, and major security breaches, it still takes a backseat to customer convenience.  A recent survey discovered merchants believe the degree of user-friendliness is the number one priority compared to the level of online security …

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Computer Virus Software

Traditional Antivirus Solutions Fail 40% of the Time

A recent study found approximately 40% of end users who had a traditional antivirus in place during the first half of this year, experienced a malware attack.  Traditional security solutions include a vast majority of those on the market.  They are software programs that utilize a blacklist technology, which only blocks known malware threats.  Therefore, …

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Latest Ransomware, Bad Rabbit, Takes the World by Storm

Third Global Ransomware Attack of 2017 First, there was WannaCry, which hit the globe in mid-May.  Second, came NotPetya in June.  Third, was the latest global ransomware attack, Bad Rabbit.  This ransomware variant is believed to originate in Russia.  However, it quickly spread throughout Ukraine, targeting various transportation systems.  Avast also reported infections in Poland, …

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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Enhances Security Functionality to Thwart Ransomware Attacks

New Microsoft Feature Added to Stop Ransomware Attacks Microsoft recently released a new product feature, controlled file access, in an attempt to increase the security of endpoints.  The concept of this technology runs on a default deny approach. Controlled file access allows users to control which files are able to be accessed and altered by …

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Malware Attack Takes Major Carolina Healthcare Facility Offline

Malware Takes Medical Facility Offline FirstHealth of the Carolinas has been offline since October 17, 2017 due to a malware attack.  It is believed the malware is ransomware; however, it has not been publicly confirmed.  At this time, the cyber attack has been deemed a malware virus.  On October 17th, a malware infected infiltrated the …

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Ransomware Demand Increases 2500%

Ransomware Sales Exploding on the Dark Web According to International Business Times (IBT), a new study was released confirming a significant rise in demand for the malicious software, ransomware.  The study showed 6,300 websites offering ransomware, with an additional 45,000 ads promoting the malicious software.  The price points ranged from $0.50 to $3,000.  The large …

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Lithium Ion Batteries Continue to Cause Issues

Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Batteries Create Problems, Again… It comes as no surprise, Li-ion batteries continue to create issues where ever they are placed.  In 2006, PC Pitstop conducted a test regarding the safety hazard of Li-ion batteries overheating, causing fires.  See the video below. In 2013, the company followed up on this risk, hoping something …

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