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Cryptolocker is adapting.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The Cryptolocker ” ransom virus” is getting ever more clever.
This is how to avoid it. DO NOT UNZIP ATTACHMENTS in an email.

If you want to know more please do a search in your browser.

Microsoft have also got an article here.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/resources/ransomware-whatis.aspx

Here is a summary of what they suggest to avoid getting it.

“How do I avoid ransomware?

There are several free ways to help protect your computer against ransomware and other malware:

Make sure to keep all of the software on your computer up to date. Make sure automatic updating is turned on to get all the latest Microsoft security updates.

Keep your firewall turned on.

Don’t open spam email messages or click links on suspicious websites.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials, which is free, or another reputable antivirus and anti-malware program.

Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner.”

The main warning is not just how to avoid the virus installing, but to be vigilant regarding opening emails ALWAYS.

Tricky if this is your business email which gets lots of emails. As they adapt and change message and format of the email message and sender it could be quite easy to mistake an email contains the virus compared to a genuine one.

As an IT support and solutions provider we can advise and in some cases repair encrypted devices if you are one of the unlucky ones.

As soon as you get a warning message informing you that your files have been encrypted and ransom demand, unplug or switch off wifi or broadband connection.

Shut down the device and seek professional advice.
We cannot guarantee to recover your data, but doing this quickly may help.

Always make a seperate back up off critical files and documents and keep any back up hard drives offline when complete where possible.

And finally. Please do not pay any ransom. There is no guarantee your files will be unlocked and this is highly organised crime. Do you want them to have your credit or debit card details.

Moving is one of the most stressful activity in our lives…..

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Moving is said to be the third most stressful activity in our lives, so why not take out as much of the stress as possible, your staff simply sit down, log on and start work in the new office.

Our ultimate goal is to reduce any stress or downtime for you the client. We can project manage the whole IT move and ensure the new office is ready to receive the equipment, and all the services such as telecom’s and internet are live and working.

We recommend that you move office over the weekend to reduce downtime and disruption. Depending on the scale of the move, this is an example timetable for the move. As soon as the new offices are leased or purchased,we will do a site audit to determine the installation needs. We will liaise with the telecoms company to ensure phone systems and broadband will be installed in time for the move. A wired network should it be needed will be installed and tested well in advance of the move the broadband will be setup and tested, any external email setting (MX records) will be changed Friday at 5.00pm Everyone shuts down and we take the network apart Saturday. The hardware moves and we begin assembling Sunday. Assembly continues and we check that everything is working properly Monday morning We have an engineer at your new office to deal with any issues that arise from users working in the new office.

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-14

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-07

Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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Sunday, September 30th, 2012
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-23

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-16

Sunday, September 16th, 2012
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-09

Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-02

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
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