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/

 

New updates at www.langhampress.co.uk

Few days past since David asked us for updating website of The Langham Press Ltd (a company based in Foxton on the outskirts of Cambridge offering a wide range of digital and lithographic print solutions. They provide an excellent service at an extremely competitive price, giving you incredible value for money.)

We have just finished with the changes and want your opinion what you think, please visit their website at www.langhampress.co.uk and let us know what you think.lp-www

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.

 

 

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/

Windows 10; backup before… restore later… or just backup before you f*** up.

Friday 31 of July 2015, very slow day, no support calls well maybe some. About noon I was so bored that I decided to install Windows 10, especially that my colleague downloaded ISO (Installation CD) file.

Without too long hesitation I decided to upgrade my main laptop to Windows 10.  I should say that my laptop is quite fast machine: Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, 500GB SSD.

I started the upgrade process and everything was sweet, about 90% into installation, I went to a bank, I was really bored, and watching the blue installation screen of Windows did not help.  When I got back to the office after about 30min, I saw the login screen, hurrah! Finally I could log in. Login in into Active Directory for the first time on  freshly upgraded operating system is always time consuming process,  I was patient, it took about 10 to 15min and I saw my desktop icons, uh…

The only problem was that my keyboard and mouse did not work,  ok, I took the laptop of my docking station, screen got blank… ok lets put it back then. Connected it back to the docking station, yuppie! I could see my icons, hold on, keyboard and mouse still do not work,.

I decided to wait, maybe there is file migration going on or something, well there could be at least some message, the disk activity LED did not do anything. After about 30min, I started pressing buttons, nothing…

Rebooted it. Login screen again, again long waiting to see anything… no icons, no data, after about 2 hours of searching and checking installation logs, I was ready to restore my data. Thankfully I have very good backup!!! Restored it, then restarted the laptop, the data vanished again, no desktop icons, no Documents, grr… at that point I begun to look into creating new Active Domain user, after few more hours during weekend I knew that Windows 10 downloaded form Microsoft servers, installed on Volume License version of Windows 7 did not worked… called Microsoft, after about 1hour on the phone I had enough.

Started restore image of my previous Windows 7 Pro, after about 1 hour everything was just like it was on Friday before I made the terrible decision to install Windows 10.

Maybe I did something wrong, I don’t know, I wasn’t able to learn anything from Microsoft Support.

Conclusion: BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!!!

I just lost few hours, or I just gained another experience. But because I backup  my files regularly , settings, PC image etc. (The backup software does it for me)  I was able to restore everything to previous state.

For all of you who are installing Windows 10 we will provide our backup solutions for half price!

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!