Locky Ransomware Sent as Invoice Attachment

Locky ransomware is the latest threat and is a variation on previous encryption attacks. It is delivered by email and fools you into opening an invoice attachment.  After deploying, it encrypts files on local and network drives. Although CryptoLocker and CryptoWall used different methods to gain access to your system, they had the same goal to get you to pay a ransom to unlock your files. At this writing, Locky is using an email attachment of an invoice as its entry point, but the delivery will certainly change as the threat evolves. After you click on the invoice, the view looks scrambles and you are prompted to instructed to Enable Macros.  Once you do that, Locky executes and encrypts your files. Locky has some additional attack strategies not seen in previous crypto-type of attacks.  Here are two links if you want to read more: Locky Information from Bleeping … [Read more...]

A few feature highlights in Windows 10

Windows 10 is designed to please both touch and mouse users. It’s also designed to be intuitive for users of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, incorporating the “best of both worlds” to enhance your experience and help you be more productive. It is the modern way to work and here is a glimpse of just a few of the feature highlights: The Start menu is back, putting all your apps, settings, and files just a few keystrokes, clicks or taps away. Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helps make things easier for you and keeps you up to date. Microsoft Edge, the new browser in Windows 10, is designed to deliver a better web experience. It's also easier to find and switch among open apps, keep them organized, resize and reposition them, keep track of notifications, and access frequently used system settings. The Start menu is back! By popular demand, Windows 10 brings back the … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2016

For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trend predictions for the technology that will change our business and personal lives. This year our Top IT Trends have an emphasis on small business. The most talked about trends are not always attractive to small businesses because of the complexity and cost to implement. Our 2016 collection is for the small, growing business that wants to take advantage of high-tech advancements without breaking the budget. Big Data for the Small Company - Big Data and Analytics shows up on all the enterprise lists of the hot IT trends. If you are a small company, you are probably wondering how you can use big data to grow your revenue. Start with what you know: your customers and their purchase profile, marketing that brings response, and how potential buyers interact with your website. Use your Customer Relationship Management (CRM), … [Read more...]

Microsoft Calling – Your Computer Needs Help!

The day is going well. You answered all your email and now you’re working on a presentation for next week. The computer seems a little slow, but it’s a large file. The phone rings … “Hello! This is Jake from Microsoft and we have been alerted that you have a virus on your system. I would like you to go to: http://www.#@$!.com (this is not a real website) and put in this code so that I can help.” Stop! It’s a scam. Shortly after you allow them to login, they will be asking for your credit card number. You will be a victim. Don’t engage them, just hang up. You will never receive a legitimate, unsolicited call from Microsoft or its partners to charge you for computer fixes. Even if you became suspicious and did not provide your credit card, if you allowed them access to your system, you must: Change your passwords. Change the password on your email, bank and other critical … [Read more...]