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Computer systems are under a constant threat of malware, ransomware and other threats. Posts in this category relate to preventing loss resulting from attacks on your systems.

 

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Beware of using third party email as your prime email account

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There is a thread at webproworld.com about someone who was using a Yahoo email account as their primary email. Suddenly they found that the account was deleted. The problem was that the account contained their whole life. Apparently, they had not saved the emails.

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With Meltdown and Spectre what happens to pending server purchases and how will companies address the performance issues of patches?

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Spectre is hitting servers especially hard. The software updates to protect the servers are causing performance issues. In other words, when a patch is applied to address the vulnerability, performance decreases perhaps 30 percent.

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Craigslist password protected email danger – How to avoid the malware

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I received an email that appeared to be a response to a craigslist posting I made. The email said to open the Word document with the supplied password for the contact information. As soon as I saw that I pictured the goofy robot with it’s arms flailing saying “Danger Will Robinson. DANGER, DANGER”, or the weird fish guy saying “It’s a trap!!”. Here is how to identify these traps.

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Hackers control vehicle functions on a Jeep Cherokee

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This article is a bit unsettling. Two hackers have proven that they are able to hack the computer systems of a Jeep Cherokee. Once they have control they can do innocuous things such as turning on the windshield washer, changing the AC temperature or turn on the wipers…. OR… They can apply or disable the breaking, turn the engine off or steer the vehicle.

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A deadman’s switch for google. – Allow someone access if you no longer check into google.

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Google can be a significant portion of someone’s life. If a person dies or becomes disabled, the information in their account might be lost forever. It is possible to set google so that it will allow access for selected individuals if you stop checking into your account.

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