Category Archives: Alert

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

Windows 10 Malware Warning!

Robert, The Computer Guy/ August 3, 2015/ Alert

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

Critical Windows Patch – font loophole

Robert, The Computer Guy/ July 20, 2015/ Alert

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 access to look at data

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You bought it; don’t you own it?

Robert, The Computer Guy/ January 13, 2015/ Alert, News

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

Microsoft’s “End of Support” Policy

Robert, The Computer Guy/ July 8, 2014/ Alert

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 support that covers security fixes

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Change your ebay password

Robert, The Computer Guy/ May 21, 2014/ Alert

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,

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