Sophisticated Web Attack Fake Support Scam

 

Last Updated: 11th December, 2017, 2:01 PMWhy is there a British woman speaking on my computer? That’s the question I was suddenly asked during a remote session not too long ago. I was actively working on one of two laptops while the client was getting the other one ready. I was taken aback at the question because it was completely out of context and didn’t make any sense. So, the client put their phone closer to the computer and I could hear the voice clearly stating that the there was a problem and the computer’s browser was being redirected to a Microsoft support site for immediate assistance with the problem. And… Read More

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Google Home vs Internet Radio Streaming Sites

 

Last Updated: 11th December, 2017, 10:19 AMAs a network administrator I really don’t like Internet Radio Streaming sites. My two biggest complaints about them are these: 1. They incredible bandwidth hogs. 2. Some of them are crawling with bugs and other malware hidden to the user. (Those ads you see all over them? That’s typically one of the places they hide the malware, or it’s sometimes injected directly into the stream; mostly without the sites owner/operator’s knowledge.) They’re so pernicious! Any site where you see ads that site owner is getting paid to place those ads all over their web sites. Often, in my opinion, in the most annoying places.… Read More

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Bitdefender: Value Added Functionality Without The Added Cost

 

Last Updated: 9th December, 2017, 3:51 PMSome Anti-Virus vendors include things like Content Filtering as an add-on that they refer to as a value-added module, while other vendors like Bitdefender believe that its so important that they add this to their package as a necessity. Its a value-added feature without the added cost.

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Perimeter Security

 

Last Updated: 9th December, 2017, 1:59 PMI think my most favorite perimeter security device or (PSD) is the SonicWALL. A perimeter security device is a device that literally sits on your network between the Internet connection and the rest of your network. All traffic to and from the network goes through this device on its way in from the Internet and out of your network to the Internet.

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Ransomware A Very Real Threat

 

Last Updated: 25th November, 2017, 4:46 PMFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. Recently, someone asked me if this was a real thing. My response was, “it’s absolutely a real thing!” What bothered me about this question… Read More

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