Security

Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now.

Comments Off on Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now. Written on July 8th, 2015 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Security, Small Business

A new major vulnerability in Adobe Flash has been made public, and is rapidly spreading online.  Adobe responded quickly today with an update to Flash.

If you are one of our Advantage Program clients we have already removed the old version of Flash on your flash_zero_day-680x400computer and installed the new secure version. If you are not on a plan with us, or are not sure, we recommend you visit this web page to Update Flash.

This security flaw in Flash allows a malicious web site to perform any type of task on computers that visit such a site. It could be used to install viruses, copy personal information, retrieve stored passwords, etc.  Here’s some more info on the vulnerability, Adobe-flash-exploit-that-was-leaked-by-hacking-team-goes-wild-patch-now.

Beware Ransomware Viruses

Comments Off on Beware Ransomware Viruses Written on June 13th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Security

Ransomware-Malware-300x2832What It Is

As its name implies, ransomware is a type of malware or virus that denies you access to your machine, essentially holding your data hostage until you complete a survey or pay a fee in order to unlock and use your device. Traditionally posing a threat to PCs exclusively, ransomware has recently been detected in iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers as well as in Android mobile devices.

Its Attack Style

There are several ways through which ransomware can attack your gadget. One way is via attachments to emails. Another is through exploiting security flaws in an installed application or in your device’s operating system. The aforementioned CryptoWall virus’ preferred avenue of incursion is through fake update notices for applications like Adobe Reader and Java. Even advertisements on major websites could be harboring ransomware. Whereas no gadget is immune, PCs running Windows XP are especially vulnerable to ransomware, as Microsoft ended support for XP in April.

When it comes to ransomware, infection is only the tip of the iceberg. Ransomware uses sophisticated techniques to extort users into paying money. One strain of ransomware assumes the identity of the FBI or your local police department and demands that you pay a fine through legitimate money transfer service like Green Dot MoneyPak or anonymous services such as BitCoin, to avoid prosecution for a bogus Internet law infraction and regain access to your device. Victims of a ransomware outbreak in Australia report their iPhone’s “Find My iPhone” feature’s alarm wailing as a message demanding a money transfer via PayPal appeared on the screen.

How to Fight Back

If ransomware is holding your data captive, do not call Liam Neeson to rescue it and definitely do not cave to its requests! Contact Geeks on Wheels.  914-562-1800.

 

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th

Comments Off on Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th Written on February 26th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Microsoft, Microsoft Outlook, Security, Small Business

Windows XP End of SupportMicrosoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th. If you have an older computer it is time to move on to newer and better technologies.

After April 8th, Microsoft will no longer publish any security updates for the 12 year old operating system, and they will no longer support the development of software from third parties.  There will be little to no new software developed by any manufacturer for Windows XP, and computers with this OS will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacker exploits.

On the positive side, upgrading to the latest versions of Windows and Office provide a productivity boost. As always, we are here to help you with the transition.  We are actively and efficently rolling out zippy new computers to our clients.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

6.4 Million LinkedIn Users’ Passwords Stolen and Published to Internet

Comments Off on 6.4 Million LinkedIn Users’ Passwords Stolen and Published to Internet Written on June 8th, 2012 by
Categories: Email, Security

LinkedIn Passwords StollenIf you use LinkedIn, it is time to change your password.  A security flaw in their system allowed hackers to steal millions of users email addresses and passwords.  The hackers then posted the stolen info to the Internet.

Did you use this same password for other web sites?  Is this the password for your Gmail account?  If you use the same password on other web sites, you should change those as well as soon as possible.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/linkedin-hacked-64-million-user-passwords-reportedly-leaked/story?id=16508728

 

 

Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams

Comments Off on Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams Written on June 8th, 2012 by
Categories: Email, Security

Protect your Password against Phishing ScamsThey want your passwords.  Hackers use a technique called phishing to get you to unknowingly tell it to them.  The technique is simple and clever, but if you know the simple things to look for then you’ll never be duped.

How Phishing Works: Hackers send you an email that appears to be from a reputable source, such as PayPal or Facebook.  The message informs you of some urgent reason you need to log into your account on this site, and it provides a link.  The link they provide, though, is to an imitation of Facebook.  These pages can be almost exact copies of the real site.  And when you enter your username and password into this fake site, you have just given the hackers your password. 

Even worse, most of the victims of this trick don’t even know it happened – until they see the consequences.  Common objectives of hackers range from stealing your cash to using to Facebook account to tell all your friends how much you love Viagra or some other such product.

These attacks are on the rise and more and more people are getting tricked by them, so I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily spot them.  Here is an example of an email I received containing a phishing attempt for my Facebook password:

Identify Phising Scam Emails

 It says I have missed activity on Facebook, five friend requests in fact, and it provides a link for me to follow.  Here’s how to tell if an email is a phishing scam.

Perform this check on all emails with links:

  1. Check the link: Hover your pointer over the link and a small window will appear revealing the address this link goes to.  We see in the above example that this link clearly is not to Facebook.com.  (The above image is taken from Microsoft Outlook.  If you are using web-based mail such as Gmail watch for the pop up in the lower left hand corner of your web browser.)
  2. Check the sender’s address: Look at the address this email came from.  The domain name should match the web site.  For example, we would expect an email from Facebook to come from somename@facebook.com.  The from address can sometimes be faked, though, so even if they match we still
  3. When in doubt, do not click any links in emails.  Instead open your web browser and type the address of the site you want to visit manually, i.e. Facebook.com.