The rate of malware (ransomware) attacks on small businesses climbs at an alarming rate. The security firm McAfee warns that soon, attacks that come through social platforms will be “ubiquitous.”
You get an email that looks legitimate say from a FedEx, UPS, USPS or any other lookalike that has a zip file attachment in it. Inside the zipped file, like an unsuspecting nightmare, hides a double-extension file such as .pdf.exe. This is not a PDF document but an executable that if clicked on, will allow CryptoLocker to run on your computer.
Now you might be asking what damage does this thing do? Once installed on your computer, CryptoLocker encrypts files on your computer’s local and mounted network drives by using RSA public-key cryptography while the private key is actually stored on the servers controlled by the malware. In other words, once the file is encrypted, you cannot access it. It is like putting all of your important stuff into a safe that is impossible to open without a key and then hiding the key so you can’t access the contents. In order to get the files decrypted and accessible again, CryptoLocker displays a “ransom” payment message with a strict deadline. If you pay with Bitcoin or a prepaid voucher within the deadline, your files get decrypted. On the other hand, if the payment is not made within the deadline, the price for decryption increases or your files stay forever encrypted. The encryption is so complex that experts say that it is close to impossible to break, so if you do not have a proper backup, the files are non-recoverable. It is discouraged to pay the ransom because it encourages the attackers to continue to do harm. There have been reports that files unlocked become relocked after a period of time.
The best thing to do is prevent the infection in the first place by not opening any emails and attachments if you are not sure where they came from or if they look suspicious. FedEx or UPS is not going to ask you to download a zip file, so if something appears strange, it probably is. If you do accidentally click on something, make sure to pay attention to the file and do not open a double-extension file (such as recipt.pdf.exe). As always, having updated antivirus software is extremely important.
While timed to coincide with the new iPhone release this increase is available for Windows Phone users and Android phone users as well. If you are already using OneDrive to auto backup your phone photos you need to take no additional steps, you have (Or should have been) upgraded from the standard 3gig bonus to the 15gig.
If you have not used OneDrive on your phone you need to install the application and enable the automatic photo backup prior to the end of September.
Adobe recently delayed the fix for a severe vulnerability that could allow access to users systems leaving almost all users vulnerable. The security fix has now been released and we strongly suggest customers update their Adobe XI series products.
Group calling in Skype is an easy way to carry on a conference call without an expensive phone system right from your desktop or notebook. Now that functionality has been added to the iPhone allowing you to group call from almost anywhere.
The default file size for OneDrive (Formerly SkyDrive) has been 2GB for quite some time. While this was not an issue for the majority of files users worked with it was an issue for users uploading video or Outlook archive files. Today this limit has been increased to 10 GB which is large enough to back up almost all users Archive files. (Where we most often ran into the 2 GB limit)
While the majority of our customers use OneDrive or Dropbox there is a significant number of iPhone users that use iCloud as their Cloud storage of choice. Pricing for iCloud has always been higher than the competition but it has come close to the pricing offered by its competitors today as well as finally offering a Terabyte option. The cost for the new TB option is $19.99 per month while OneDrive and Dropbox comes in at $9.99
We recommend using OneDrive to most clients as it is available on every platform for free and includes a generous amount of space. Previously clients employees who connected OneDrive to their personal account (For files, pictures etc.) were unable to attach to OneDrive for Business included in their companies Office365 subscriptions. A recent update allows you to connect your Android client to both personal and business accounts simultaneously with a clear distinction between personal and business folders ensuring you are aware of which files you are accessing.
The Android app for OneDrive also now includes support for a security PIN. As many users still do not PIN their smartphones this is a must if users are connecting to OneDrive for Business.