- Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
How does Ransomware work?
- Computers become infected with ransomware and other viruses usually accomplished by tricking someone into clicking on a Universal Resource Locator (URL) or link.
- Ransomware can also spread by clicking on an attachment.
- Ransomware is largely distributed by email typically containing documents like fake mail delivery notifications, energy bills or tax returns, according to reports from security company Symantec.
- When users click on a bad link or attachment, the ransomware encrypts the computer’s hard drive, locking people out of computer files, including photos and music libraries and a screen may appear threatening to destroy the files unless a ransom is paid.
- Recent reports are now finding new ransomware that can infect computers without clicking on anything.
Windows Operating System Security
- It is well known that Microsoft computers often called PC’s are the most vulnerable to viruses and malicious hacks.
- Microsoft’s latest computer operating system Windows 10 comes equipped with security utilities that are designed to protect computers from malicious attacks but does not protect the computer from the user’s own mistakes and falling into Internet traps that invite problems directly.
Mac Operating System Security
- Although Mac’s have been known to be immune to viruses that would normally infect a PC in the past, there are increasing reports confirming that mac computers are also at risk to viruses and can surely be infected with ransomware.
- Apple has announced recently that they have revoked the digital certificate that is required for ransomware to be installed.
How can I protect my computers from Ransomware?
- If you use a Mac or a PC it is essential that you stay on top of performing all of the latest and newly released operating system security updates. This alone makes a big difference as it pertains to security and even general performance.
- There are many tech support companies that provide security services for home and business computer users. If you are not 100% confident that you can maintain your own computers and protect your data using a reliable backup solution you should contact a trustworthy tech support company and have a technician check and maintain your computer at least 1-2 times per year.
- Ultimately, think of your computers, devices, and your network like you do your cars or even your physical body. You need to perform recurring maintenance and checkups to ensure the best health and performance. If you do not have the knowledge or expertise to do these things yourself, you should contact a professional.
Tech Help LA takes pride in focusing on the most important aspects of our customers operations pertaining to their computers and mobile devices. All computers need regular maintenance. The Internet although convenient and helpful, it also has a random malicious nature that can cause various problems for users and their devices.
Our top priority above all things is to make sure that our customers know the importance of security and backing up their data regularly.
We highly recommend that you contact us to schedule a computer maintenance network and backup check appointment or a 5 minute phone consultation to speak to a tech about your current backup solution.
Microsoft denies claims that Windows 10 is being forced on Windows 7 PCs without asking users but many of our Windows 7 customers are reporting that Windows 10 is automatically installing on their PCs without permission. Tech Help LA has been getting calls trickling in all week that have been hit by this and users are extremely confused and shocked.
Nevertheless, we are aware of the matter and we are here to help. Feel free to contact Tech Help LA by phone (213) 986-5722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule an appointment to address the issue if you are a victim of the forced upgrade or if you want to prevent the problem happening to your computer.
YOUR OPTIONS FOR WINDOWS 10
-> CONTINUE USING WINDOWS 10
-> REVERT BACK TO WINDOWS 7
-> PREVENT WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE
-> UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10
Chromebit – A full Chrome OS-based computer on an HDMI stick.
The $85 Chromebit is a 75 gram (or 2.6 ounces) stick that you can plug into any HDMI port — whether that’s a regular computer screen or that large TV in your living room. It comes with 16GB of onboard storage (in the form of relatively cheap and slow eMMC storage) and 2GB of RAM.
Google – Chromebit Device
In many ways, it’s a larger, bulkier version of the old Chromecast stick. Just like that device, it comes with a dedicated charger, but unlike the Chromecast, it also features a USB port. The Rockchip-based Chromebit comes in “Cacao Black” and “Tangerine Orange,” but overall, it’s a pretty unassuming device that’s mostly meant to disappear behind your screen anyway (hence why I’m not sure why there is an orange version).
While most people will likely want to use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to connect to the Chromebit, the USB port allows you to plug in wired peripherals as well (and with a USB hub, you could even plug in multiple devices).
Because it’s a full Chrome OS machine, you can pretty much run any web app on it. It’ll let you play movies and TV shows from Google Play, Netflix or Hulu, just like any other Chrome OS device, for example.
You could probably use the Chromebit as a somewhat cumbersome media center in your living room if you wanted to, but it’s really at home in a school, enterprise, or maybe call center. As long as the work only involves web apps (or maybe a remote connection to a more fully-featured machine), the Chromebit is up for the job and can turn any screen into a usable desktop.
In the U.S., the Chromebit will be available at Amazon, Fry’s and Newegg (interestingly, Google’s usual Chrome OS partner Best Buy isn’t part of this initial list of vendors).
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