Petya Ransomware

Be careful opening any emails, even from people you know. Make sure your computer is backed up and you have all the latest updates to your Operating system. Run a Anti-Virus and even MalwareBytes, in 2017 you can not be too safe.

Behavioral analysis

This ransomware is delivered via scam emails themed as a job application. E-mail comes with a Dropbox link, where the malicious ZIP is hosted. This initial ZIP contains two elements:

  • a photo of a young man, purporting to be an applicant (in fact it is a publicly available stock image)
  • an executable, pretending to be a CV in a self-extracting archive or in PDF (in fact it is a malicious dropper in the form of a 32bit PE file):

petya_exe

In order to execute its harmful features, it needs to run with Administrator privileges. However, it doesn’t even try to deploy any user account control (UAC) bypass technique. It relies fully on social engineering.

Petya – Taking Ransomware To The Low Level

USB PC KILLER – They are now available, beware!

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What started as a proof-of-concept from researchers has now come to market. These items are not only available to buy, but they work. Please be cautious of any USB device someone wants to plug into your computer or device.

See the link below for more info and video proof it works.

http://gizmodo.com/you-can-now-buy-a-weaponized-usb-stick-for-55-1786451276

Windows 10 Tips – Default Printer

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With the introduction of Windows 10, there was a new feature added that might drive you nuts. “Let Windows Manage Your Default Printer” – This feature will automatically change your default printer to the last one used. If you only have one printer, it really does not matter; but if you have multiple printers it could create more time choosing printers than you need to.

This is switched on by default so if your printer default printer keeps changing on you, which is driving you up the wall simply turn it off.

Click your windows key or the windows icon (bottom left of taskbar), choose the settings/gear icon and then devices. Down at the bottom below your listed printers, you will find the option to turn it off or on. Make your choice and close the window, you can turn it back on by repeating the same steps.

Here is a screen shot of that window.2016-09-09

​Chrome to warn about insecure websites

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We all should know by now, that when we use the the web http:// means insecure and https:// means secure. You should never visit a site to do online shopping or any type of transaction that shows http:// and not https://. Well google in January 2017 with its chrome browser #57 will start warning you whenever you are on a insecure site. For more info click here.

Social Media Banner Templates

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If you are one into social media and just don’t want to use a image for your banner, but want to create something whether it is for branding or just being creative you will need to know what the specs are. Each social media site is different and they are ever evolving to change and tweak their look to keep it fresh.

Below you can download some PSD templates to assist you in creating that perfect look. We have taken the guess work out of what is visible and what is not. Each template file is clearly marked with guides to make your layout a breeze.

Our templates look like this:

twitter_header_template_COPC_2016

facebook_header_template_COPC_2016

youtube_header_template_COPC_2016

google_plus_header_template_COPC_2016

 

You can download them here:  DOWNLOAD

Windows Key + R Scam

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There is a growing problem with scam phone calls going around. You may get bogus calls telling you that your computer is infected and you need to press the Windows + R key or you could loose all your data. What this does is open the Run command on your PC and they will have run a command to clean it, but what they are doing is infecting your PC with malware and locking your PC down. What they plan on doing is holding your system ransom until you pay them.

No one is going to call you out of the blue and tell or ask you these things, be smart. Hang up the phone, if you have the ability to block the number do it. You could always tell them you are running a Mac, Linux box or Chrome book which all have no Windows keys.

Windows-key-R

 

Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

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Please be advised:  Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support?tduid=(46744584567d465059ff17b1762321a8)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-.UvOxaEva8qovqkU70XRWA)()

 

If you are using Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 you can use IE 11 that will continue to get updated. Older windows versions will not run IE 11 therefore you will be using a browser with security holes or you can download a different browser such as chrome or firefox.