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.

K7 Total Security Earns The VB100 Award On Windows 7 SP1 From The Virus Bulletin

K7 Computing, one of the world’s leading data security and threat management companies, announced on 19th February 2015 that that its flagship product K7 Total Security has received the VB100 award on Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 systems from The Virus Bulletin.

K7 Total Security is an award-winning next-generation security suite. The product steps ahead of traditional security software by combining malware protection, active web filtering, runtime behavior monitoring, intrusion protection, smart firewall and parental controls into an easily managed system. With its proactive and reactive defenses, K7 Total Security significantly outperforms traditional anti-malware products and other desktop security solutions.

The Virus Bulletin, a leader in testing and certifying anti-malware applications and organizations, is highly regarded in the anti-malware industry. It only awards the right to display the VB100 logo to anti-malware products that can detect all ”In-the-wild” malware during both on-demand and on-access scanning, and generate no false positives when scanning a set of known clean files using just the application’s default settings.

The Virus Bulletin testing team noted that, “Under the covers, a good level of configuration options is provided. Stability was once again flawless, with no problems noted. Scanning speeds were pretty good, overheads not bad at first and barely perceptible in the warm runs.”

This award for anti-malware excellence on Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 systems joins the VB100 awards K7 products had already earned since 2007 for Microsoft Windows 7, XP operating systems, and for Windows 2008 Server.

Jayaraman Kesavardhanan, CEO of K7 Computing, commented, “We believe that protecting our customers from cyber threats is our sole mission. We are driven by the belief that everyone in the world should be able to use the Internet safely, and without fear that criminals will steal their money or identity. That we did so well on The Virus Bulletin’s very strict certification tests shows again that K7’s engineering teams and specialists have built remarkable cyber protection products that anyone can rely on.”

 

Passwords – Hashes to Ashes (by K7)

This is the fourth part of the blog series on cyber security, continuing from its third part on Scareware, RogueAV and Ransomware, focussing on the dangers of choosing weak passwords and the consequences of recycling the same password across different online accounts, and a few tips on how to determine a suitably strong password.

In today’s digital age, people’s lives seem to revolve around passwords.  Passwords to online portals play an important role in securing access to a user’s online information, whether financial, professional or personal. Hence, users are perennially advised to always secure their accounts with strong passwords.

Many online portals alert users about inadequate password strength when setting up the login credentials for a user account.  Some online portals may even enforce strong password before the account is set up. Users must consider password depth while deciding on an account’s password to avoid their passwords being hacked easily.

From a security perspective, using the same password for a user’s multiple accounts is dangerous, both for personal accounts as well as in a professional environment.  In this case a hacker need hack only one account to have the credentials to have access to the victim’s other accounts and the sensitive information held therein.

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Read rest of this important and interesting article at: http://blog.k7computing.com/2016/02/passwords-hashes-to-ashes-2/

K7 Computing’s Security Introduced Generic Anti-Ransomware Prototype at VB Conference 2015

We have many questions about Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, CTB Locker …

Security experts from K7 Computing, showcased a generic anti-ransomware framework at last year’s Virus Bulletin International Conference. It garnered quite an excited bunch of fellow security enthusiasts at Prague, Czech Republic, where the conference was held, to listen to the duo talk about this prototype.

This presentation addressed majorly on file encrypting ransomware variants. A demo followed to display the capability of this generic anti-ransomware prototype in defending ransomware through samples obtained from valid sources.

K7 Computing is extremely proud of the team behind the idea to develop a simple solution to thwart complex ransomware menace. This generic framework is on the process of being incorporated into our products, and we are super excited.

This was at VB Conference 2015

New K7 Enterprise Asset Management

K7 Computing is proud to announce new feature included in released update for K7 Enterprise Security – endpoint security that provides Asset Management reporting for IT administrators.

K7 Enterprise Security now includes enterprise management feature, that are reaching beyond ordinary endpoint security:

  • Award Winning K7 Antivirus Engine
  • WEB access security
  • Media access security
  • Application management
  • Firewall and surf control
  • Group Policy management

Detail information for new Asset Management functionality:

  1. Hardware Tab added under Computer View

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  1. If any hardware changes detected in any of the endpoints we can populate the comparison report, which is before and after the change, with the changes highlighted.
  2. In the Summary and Detailed Report its now added ‘Hardware Asset’ option and relevant filters.

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  1. Hardware changes will be informed to Administrator by Dashboard notification & e-mail notification immediately.

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K7 ES Asset Management reportNew feature is included in current K7 ES installation file and will be rolled out in upcoming K7 Enterprise Security software updates.

For free trial visit:

K7 Computing Ireland: http://www.k7computing.ie/download-antivirus/enterprise-trial/

K7 Computing UK: http://www.k7computing.co.uk/download-antivirus/enterprise-trial/

Article from K7 blog: https://k7press.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/new-k7-enterprise-asset-management/

Huntingdon Business Fair 2015

A big thank you to Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce for another Huntingdon Business Fair which was held at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester. Whether on the business side or the agency side, it was a wonderful networking and educational event.
Our team met great people who were also interested in data protection, and everyone seemed to agree on one thing: even with big experience in business, there are still so many new things to learn and be refreshed on. No matter what level or how many years of experience you have, you can always benefit from attending this annual conference. Great exhibits and incredible experience!

Keep e-Phishing at Bay – K7 Security Blog

A thus far undisclosed, potentially serious security flaw has been discovered on eBay according to BBC News. Hackers were apparently successful in exploiting a weakness on eBay’s website that enabled them to multi-redirect customers, via a landing page listing iPhones, to phishing pages purporting to be those of eBay so as to steal their login credentials.

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