The virus first came to light around August/September and finds its way to you via email. The email may look like a shipment update from Fed Ex, UPS, or a message from a bank. Those who open the attachment get the virus installed and a taunting countdown timer on the screen. It’s can even spread across your network and encrypt network drives.
Don’t be fooled, it really does encrypt your data this isn’t just scareware. Heed this warning. Backup your data, update your anti virus, and be very skeptical of shipping and banking emails. Not getting fooled by the shipping email is especially important as we’re approaching Cyber Monday.
Say it with me now, Backup, Backup, Backup. Not as bad as you thought, right?
“I’ll backup my photos tomorrow” “I thought you were backing up the computer” “Doesn’t it backup automatically”
This sound familiar to you or have you said any of these? It’s okay if you have and for some of you it’s not too late to save your photos and documents.
One of the hardest conversations I have as an IT professional is explaining to a user that their data is lost. Years of family photos, company financial data, and original artwork are just some of the losses I’ve seen first hand. While data recovery services do exist I can tell you the starting price is $700 and even had a customer pay over $2000 to get his data back.
Backing up doesn’t need have complicated or expensive. There are many online options today that take headache out of ensuring your data is safe.
BackBlaze is by far my favorite. The interface, price, and ease of use are hard to beat. Their product automatically backs up your data securely to their data centers. If you’re worried about your data’s security, don’t! You can add your own private encryption key that NEVER gets sent to BackBlaze.
In the event that youe hard drive dies you can restore your data to the repaired computer just by logging and downloading it. Not good enough? There is also a “locate my computer” feature so if yours is lost or stolen you’ll be able to see if it been turned on and connected to the internet. You can get the IP address and map it to turn over to the police.
Not impressed? Maybe this will get you. This service only cost $5 per month. You can even get it cheaper if you pay for the entire year (or two) up front! Have multiple computer? Manage them all from one account.
I’ve used all kinds of different backup products and BackBlaze has the right features, right price, and a really cool logo. How can you top that? If you have photos, documents, or other important documents to save this product can put your mind at ease.
I’ll cover installation and configuration in another post. In the meantime if you have question please contact me via email or give my a call!
*Disclaimer* I am a BackBlaze affiliate. This means if you buy the product through my link I get credit for the sale. I believe in this product and that is why I choose to endorse them in this fashion. If you have questions or concerns please call or email me.]]>
If your child is getting harassed online with via chat client or social networks you have options other than disconnecting your internet access.
Does you child have cellular phone they are receiving harassing messages on? There are some simple solutions for that too with completely disconnecting it!
If none of the above seems to help then pull the plug. Suspend your internet account, suspend their cell phone. Above all get professional help, educate yourself on how to help your child. If you’re not familiar with technology and how to monitor or disconnect your service ask for help.No one should have to suffer bullying alone, not children and not the parents of bullied children.
If your child is being bullied by computer or cell phone I will offer my services for free. I can help you get monitoring setup on computers and help you contact your cellular carrier.]]>
Tomorrow is patch Tuesday and it’s going to be a big one! 17 security bulletins will address 64 vulnerabilities. Most of the fixes address remote code execution exploits.
As I said mentioned back in February, patch Tuesday is a good time to update your computer with the latest Microsoft fixes but it’s also a great time to to review other software that might need updating and run a little maintenance.
Just a couple extra minutes can help keep your last longer and run better. As always if you’re not comfortable doing this yourself I am always willing to assist.]]>
Twice in the last couple of weeks people have been able to garner where their stolen laptops are by logging into the web interface of their online backup software. One was even able to get enough data on the thief to find him on Facebook and post an embarrassing video of him on YouTube. After posting the video his laptop was returned and the thief is asking for the embarrassing dance video to be removed. The laptop owner is refusing to remove the video.
In addition to saving your data it could possibly help recover your stolen laptop.
Click the red Backblaze icon on the right to start your free trial.
This week only I am offering a full cleanup for $60, compared to retail chain prices that’s pretty cheap!
Service includes virus/malware removal, disk maintenance and health check, dust removal from interior, and I’ll even wash the exterior.
Pick up and drop off available, most jobs are completed within 24 hours.
Just have general computer questions? Email me, advice is always free.]]>
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Storms create the perfect condition for data loss. Whether it’s a flood in your home office or a lightening strike to your home or even your neighbors home. All of this can endanger your photos, important documents, school work, and tax or accounting data stored on your computer. Ask yourself some simple questions and determine if your current backup plan is adequate.
If you’re not sure or answered no to one or more of these questions, you’ve just identified the flaw in your backup and recovery plan. Face it, no one likes to think about disasters happening but we all know that sooner or later they happen.
Backups have gone the way of the cloud. That is to say you no longer need to have external backup drives, (heck some services will back those up too!), no need to schedule or manually run backup jobs. With a few clicks you could be on your way to backed up data that is split between two class 4 data centers (deep underground). Depending on how much data you have to backup prices can range from Free to $249.
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It’s patch Tuesday, time to make sure your computer is up to date with the latest and greatest Microsoft security fixes to help keep you safe.
http://www.update.microsoft.com/ -Get it started here!
While you’re at it…
Why not take things a little further and check what other programs might need some updating and run a little maintenance.
Running maintenance is essential to keep your computer running at optimal performance. Making a routine of it can help reduced virus and malware infections and extend the life of your computer.]]>