Massive ransomware attack

A massive ransomware attack spread across the globe today, locking up thousands of hospital, telecommunications, etc. in nearly 70 countries. The attack used data from the NSA to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and deliver the WanaCrypt0r ransomware. The demand for recover your data is for $300 per PC.

Backup, backup, backup… as this is always the best way to keep the peace of mind!!!

While the ransomware was first detected wreaking havoc in emergency rooms and doctors’ offices here in the UK, the infection quickly spread worldwide, including to the US,Germany, Spain…

We’re alerting you to reassure you that if you’re currently using the premium version of an antivirus with real-time protection turned on, you are protected from this threat.  Internet shield usually blocks the ransomware before it can encrypt your files.

The free version of an antivirus, however, does not protect you against it.

If you’re not currently using the paid / full version of an antivirus, we recommend that you update your Microsoft Windows software immediately. Microsoft released a patch for this vulnerability in March, but many users haven’t updated, leaving their computers open to this attack.

Don’t pay hackers, pay for antivirus software, backups, antispam and all the security but avoid to pay ransoms.  Chose your IT support company carefully, and make sure they do all required updates and give you best advice.

Here at Backup Data, we pledge to keep you protected. Your peace of mind is our number one priority. Contact us now 01223 240088.

Spammers using Facebook Messenger to Spread Ransomware

If you came across any Facebook Message with an image file send by any of your Facebook friends, just avoid clicking it.

An ongoing Facebook spam campaign is spreading malware downloader among Facebook users by taking advantage of innocent-looking image file to infect computers.

If clicked, the file would eventually infect your PC with the nasty Ransomware, a family of malware that has quickly become one of the favorite tools among criminals due to its infecting capabilities.

Like a typical way to deliver malware infection, the site would push a popup, asking you to download and install a certain codec extension in Google Chrome in order to view the video. The malicious extension used two names, Ubo and One.

Ransomware is malware that locks your computer or encrypts your files. You can’t get the data back unless you pay a ransom, and even if you do, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your data back.

After this sort of infection the only way to roll back in time is to restore your backups.

Article of Swati Khandelwal at http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/locky-ransomware-facebook.html

More about in Locky: the encryptor taking the world by storm – https://securelist.com/blog/research/74398/locky-the-encryptor-taking-the-world-by-storm/

 

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A smartphone can blow up?

Who would have thought that a smartphone can blow up? The S7 looks to be terminal. The technological titan – Samsung has pulled the devices from the market completely, after recent incidents. What next, which devices have nexploded-galaxy-note-7-chinao batteries?

Device is not everything, because you the owner, can buy another one or maybe you may receive a replacement smartphone from the manufacturer. The only problem is that no one will get you your data back, pictures, music, films, contacts, all lost if you do not have good backup. The time to think about backup solution is before something like this happens. This is very simple – for £5 a month your phone can be backed up to a secure location, no contracts, no obligations, what matters – no data loss.

FSB: How to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in July 2018. The new rules are designed to protect consumer rights and clarify laws for businesses right across the European Union (EU) but, vitally, also those that trade with it. Your business needs to protect itself by fully adhering to these changes in the law.

The GDPR protects all personal data (such as name, identification number etc) and, interestingly, there is no distinction between private, public or work roles. Despite the Brexit, all the indications are that the UK will toe the line on the rules, to ensure trading with the EU. Organisations outside the EU are also still subject to the jurisdiction of GDPR just by collecting data on EU citizens.

Read full article here: http://www.fsb.org.uk/first-voice/how-to-prepare-for-new-eu-general-data-protection-regulation

Buy Windows 10 Pro Not Windows 10 Home

For the majority of users the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro will be not important, as both systems provide pretty much everything you need for everyday computing.

Windows 10 Home edition will be enough for the vast majority of you who just want to browse the web, do a little work, and manage their picture or film files. There are certainly a few benefits for the Pro version, with its focus on security and compatibility, but of course the value of these features will come down to whether you actually intend to use them or not. Most home users won’t, but are you a home user? Are you creating quotation, invoice or you just register who paid you for your 1 a week help with someone garden or ironing? If you have any doubts with answering previous question or you answered yes, then probably you are business user.

The main differences between Pro and Home are for business users.

Main business features of Windows 10 Pro

-Support for joining a domain, which allows PCs to be added to a corporate network. With Windows 10 Home, you can’t do it!

-In Windows 10 Pro you get the option to defer updates, but this option does not exist in Home. Microsoft forces patches and updates to Home machines automatically. You can stop them for a few hours, but that’s it. Updates can be put off for several months.

 

-Group Policy Management and access to the Windows 10 Business Store. Microsoft also makes the ability to join Azure Active Directory, with a single sign-on to cloud hosted apps.

-Can be remotely controlled. Windows 10 Home machines can only be assisted remotely, and this is mainly for an expert.