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 SECURITY UPDATE

Find if your data has been part of the largest data breech in history!

Troy Hunt’s article details the largest data breech in history, 770 million addresses and passwords, read it here.  If you don’t have the time to read the article simply go to Have I Been Pwned,  to check.  Then read the article to make sense of the info you see.

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An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

To avoid being a victim in the first place:

  1. GET A PASSWORD MANAGER  the best current managers are reviewed here.

  2. Run all Microsoft Updates and backup your computer regularly. You can set them to run when you are asleep.

  3. In Windows 10, go to Settings  > Update & Security. You’ll see your update status there. In Windows 8.1, go to Settings  > Change PC Settings Update and recovery.                  In Windows 7, go to Control Panel > Windows Update. And turn on File History

  4. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know.  DON’T OPEN IT.  DON’T CLICK A LINK.  DON’T DOWNLOAD AN ATTACHMENT.

  5. Disable macros in word. DO NOT enable macros if an email requests especially the following case number.doc, e-ticket_79010838.doc, fax_msg896-599-5459.doc etc.  Click here for complete list. dont enable macros

  6. Click on the following links to read about securing your computer and phone when you use Facebook, Twitter(most recently targeted by Russia), Skype or any social media.

  7. Apple devices are not immune to hacking.  There is now Malware that targets iPhones and Macs so make sure you download the latest update (iOS 10.3.3.) immediately.

  8. Take care when using public WIFI.  One the most serious new threats (inexsmar 7/23/17) involves hackers targeting hotel wifi.  Distributed by a group called DarkHotel it is a multi stage trojan that covers it’s own tracks.  Another step in the evolution of malware.

  9. Make sure you have a security suite and that Real Time Protection (on access scanning) is turned on in your antivirus.

  10. To read Sophos anti virus’ free, complete rundown, about what Ransomware is and the best ways to protect yourself click here.

  11. DON’T pay!  You’ll encourage more attacks and the chances are lottery slim you’ll get your computer unlocked.  Even if they do, it does not rule out the chance you are still infected and being used (botnet).

  12. Login to your computer using an account that DOES NOT have administrative privileges.  If your account has limited privileges so will malware.  Only login as admin when you need to.

  13. Kaspersky Labs, has a free ransomware tool for business.

  14. If you are not sure about the safety of a site, insert url into Google’s Safe Browsing search window and check out their Malware dashboard.  (this doesn’t always work but it’s worth a shot.

Despite taking all the above precautions I encourage you to back up.  This is the safest thing you can do. Regardless of the security solution, we are the weakest link.  We use overly simplistic passwords i.e., no special characters etc. (Sony) or duplicate (work and personal email) passwords.  And who hasn’t clicked on something we should not have. Backing up may be as simple as turning on file history  backup you set in Windows Update and Security or choosing from PC Mags Best Backup Software of 2017.   The options for a safe restore are much easier with the Creators Update.

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