Category Archive: Alert

Alerts about new (or old) viruses, scams, or malware.

May 09

Apple Users, Watch Out for Snake

Malwarebytes just noted that Snake malware will now affect Mac computers. If you have an Apple OS computer or device, be aware of this threat! Read more on Malwarebytes.com by clicking the above link. If you think you may have been infected, call Robert at 256-520-7327 and he can check it out for you.

Apr 28

Beware Ransomware

There are some particularly troublesome ransomware emails going around. One of our customers, in the course of business, opened an attachment that looked valid and found themselves victims of ransomware – software that encrypts all data with a virtually unbreakable key which they offer to sell at a very steep price. If you are required …

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Nov 02

The BSA & Piracy Fines: Protecting Your Business

tl;dr: Own a license for EVERY copy of software on EVERY computer at your company, and keep your receipts! Violators can be fined, and CEOs can be held liable. When you are looking at what software is needed for your applications at work, regardless whether your business is large or small, you often have a …

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Oct 22

It isn’t free to pirate software

Before you look at the price tag of commercial software and choose to download a copy without buying it, you need to consider the consequences. Sure, not everyone who uses pirated software gets caught, but the price you will pay if you do is not worth it. It is much, much less expensive to simply …

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Aug 03

Before you install Windows 10…!!

If you are getting ready to upgrade to Windows 10, it is very important that you uninstall your antivirus. It will save you much pain and suffering and annoyance. You will also want to uninstall Malwarebytes’ Antimalware. Once Windows 10 has installed, you will want to reinstall both antivirus and antimalware, but leaving them installed …

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Link

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-scam-email-will-encrypt-your-files-for-ransom/?tag=nl.e589&s_cid=e589&ttag=e589&ftag=TREc64629f

Jul 20

Critical Windows Patch – font loophole

A new exploit has been discovered in all versions of Windows that are currently supported (Vista, 7, 8, etc.) that involves OpenType fonts that are embedded and how they are handled by Windows. Microsoft has released a critical update that will close the loophole, which is available through Windows Update. The exploit will allow hackers …

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If what you bought was online, and some form of media (music, game, software), then the answer is probably “no.” Instead, you have a license to use the item, rather than actual ownership. It sounds like semantics, but has some very real legal ramifications.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/you-bought-it-but-dont-own-it-and-thats-wrong-114163.html#.VLSLoSvF-t8

Jul 08

Microsoft’s “End of Support” Policy

Microsoft typically supports program releases for about five years, meaning that during that time, Microsoft will provide patches and fixes at no cost to the end user. These include security updates as well as other things. After the five years, called “end of support” or EOS, they will usually offer a limited time of extended …

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Ebay is the most recent large e-commerce website to be hit by hackers. They did not hack through to an encrypted database, as is often the case, but rather, it appears, hacked into admin accounts, allowing complete access to the system, which makes it less certain what information was actually received. It is advisable to change your password there immediately, and, if you use the same password in other places, go change those, as well.

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