Windows 8.1 is here

Windows 8.1 is here just a year after Windows 8. This update—free to existing Windows 8 users. The update is simple and hassle free through MS update.

I’d recommend it to anyone who has Windows 8 to make it more easily navigable and user friendly. Especially those of us in the business desktop world.

Some reasons to update can be found here.

Another pretty good review article is here.

Terrifying new Ransomware

This is here some scary sh%t.
I know I sound like this guy

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about backing up your entire systems to ‘offline/removable’ media but I’ll keep on saying it.

This nasty is spreading fast on corporate networks. Scary thing is it still uses social engineering and poor user training/safety methods to launch/install. It usually arrives as an email attached archived zip file with an executable inside that should have been a dead giveaway that this message was malicious and was in no way legitimate. But sadly most people have not been properly educated on computer safety or are just plain lazy and don’t think to look at what they are doing. But once installed it can wreck havoc on a company.

Please develop and use some kind of offline full system backup plan for your personal and especially your business.

Do not think or rely on ‘cloud based’ backup system to protect you from this type of attack. Think about it, your now encrypted files would be uploaded to the cloud and overwrite your original/good ones.

I’ve written so many times about the need for offline backups you can just look through my blog and find more info about that.

Be safe folks!

Adobe Hacked (again)

Yay another security hack. 🙁

If you have an Adobe Account Please login to their site and change your Password. You may have already received notice to reset them, if so please do!

I’d suggest if you have any payment information associated with any Adobe account/login you remove it! You can read from Adobe about it here.  And some more (and scarier) details from some other tech sites like this one  or this one.