Wannacry, the worst ransomware in history, is preventable. Last week, the Wannacry ransomware infected 200,000 computers. It started infecting Britain's hospitals. We soon learned it was international. A client asked me about it. How to get infected. Here's what I wrote: For a company to ...
May 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Ransomware strikes British hospitals. Friday's ransomware attack infected computer networks of at least 40 British National Health System hospitals. Administrators suspended non-emergency operations. They also are diverting ambulances. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the ...
May 16, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Malware Malware Everywhere. Malware attacks are on the rise. According to Wikipedia, "Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising." Data breaches are all but inevitable. You've heard about the recent ...
May 14, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Yesterday's phishing atack. Yesterday, someone included me in a phishing attack. According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” My spidey sense triggered. ...
May 11, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Yesterday's phishing attempt. Yesterday morning, someone sent me a phishing attempt. According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” My spidey sense ...
May 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
BitLocker = ? I am glad you asked. BitLocker is Microsoft's hard drive encrypting tool. You enable it on the hard drives residing in your computer or on external drives you attach with a USB cable. This is included in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 Professional. There is no cost. I am ...
May 7, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Test your backups. You're running a business. You have mission-critical data on your server and workstations. This includes trade secrets, client data and financial information. You backup your data to protect you in case an emergency struck. You know the backups work and your mission-critical data is safe, offsite. Or do you? This ...
May 5, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Do you need to find your WIFI password? If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to find their WIFI password (encryption key) and type it into a new notebook, phone or tablet, I could afford to live in California. OK, OK, OK, I do live in California. Nuf said. This does, ...
April 27, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
ZIP files when you need to keep them together. Windows lets you ZIP files. A ZIP file is a file that contains other files. The ZIPping process also compresses the files it contains. If you want to send four files at 3 MB each, you're looking at 12 MB in sum. Adding ...
April 25, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Solid State Drives work for you. Solid State Drives are computer hard drives that have no moving parts. Therefore, they make the computer run faster, generate less heat and last longer. How one can help your business....
April 23, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos