Virus, malware, and security in general

  • Why You Should Uninstall QuickTime ASAP

    *Applies to QuickTime on Windows, not on Mac OSX TrendMicro, the well known and reputable security company has issued what they describe as an “urgent call to action” following the discovery of two critical vulnerabilities in Apple’s QuickTime player. What makes this situation “urgent” is that Apple is in the process of deprecating QuickTime for […]

  • Best Free Ransomware Protection

    Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware? A well known and popular freeware site recently published an article recommending Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware to its many readers. The article not only didn’t properly explain the software but also failed to mention its limitations. It is, in fact, a poorly researched article containing what can only be described as equally poor advice. The […]

  • John Oliver explains encryption

    Watch This Video Now! Seriously.

    If you’ve been following the news recently I’m sure you’ve heard of the recent court order granted by the Federal District Court for the District of Central California at the request of the FBI regarding encryption on Apple iPhones. No? Well turn on the TV or open a newspaper because the news is everywhere and […]

  • Macs Infected with Ransomware

    Ransomware has come to the OS X world. Typically focused in the PC world, Palo Alto recently discovered that the Transmission BitTorrent installer for OS X was infected with ransomware they have named “KeRanger”. The only other previously identified ransomware for OS X was FileCoder. It was discovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2014 but was incomplete at […]

  • Which Free Antivirus is Best?

    This topic always has and almost always will elicit a healthy debate. However, in my opinion, there ain’t no such animal. Why? Because, as well as choices being entirely subjective, it also depends largely on each each individual user’s level of computer competency – horses for courses. You Got a Virus! A 76 year old […]

  • Beware New ‘Locky’ Ransomware

    Yes folks, yet another new Ransomware variant has reared its ugly head. This one is nicknamed ‘Locky’, so called because it encrypts all your important files and renames them with the extension [.locky]. Keep in mind too that Locky will not only scramble files on your system (C) drive, it will scramble any files in […]

  • Ubuntu Secure Boot Threatens All PCs

    We’re all doomed! Scary, right? Well, maybe, but I should explain a bit first. Back in the dark ages of computing, say 2011, Microsoft announced they would implement Secure Boot, which is a protocol included in the UEFI, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface(BIOS successor), in Windows 8 – which had not been implemented previously. The purpose […]

  • Hospital Pays Ransom to Crooks

    Earlier this week we reported how a Hollywood hospital’s computerized system had been infected by cyber-criminals demanding a huge ransom. In the end, the hospital paid up, and really, who could blame them. This was a very serious situation; ambulances were diverted, electronic medical records disappeared, digital communications were unavailable, and there was zero access […]

  • Shade Sandbox: New Sandboxing App

    I’m always interested in new programs that help users stay safe online. I’ve been a great advocate for Sandboxie over the years and still firmly believe that it, or something very similar, should be mandatory on all systems. These types of security programs work by isolating data/files in a virtual environment, or sandbox, completely separate […]

  • Ransomware Demands $3.6 Million from Hospital

    In what constitutes new a new high and low in Ransomware attacks, a Hollywood hospital’s computerized system has been severely crippled by cyber-criminals demanding a whopping $3.6 million ransom. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center declared an emergency as machines critical to CT scans, laboratory, and pharmacy work went offline over the last week. Medical staff have […]