By Nerino Petro at 10 October, 2016, 10:00 am
There is an insidious new IRS scam doing the rounds. They send you a phony IRS CP 2000 form and claim the income reported on your tax return does not match the income reported by your employer. This is meant to get you worried. To confuse you further, the bad guys claim this has something to do with the Affordable Care Act.
By Nerino Petro at 5 August, 2016, 1:05 pm
Ransomware. It's what keeps me awake at night as a CIO and technologist. Also known as crpytoware, these malicious tools encrypt your data, delete or disable the ability to use built-in tools in your operating system to roll back to prior versions and then charge you money to provide you with a decryption key. And they just keep getting more and more sophisticated, with some even providing so called "help desks" to assist you in paying the ransom and decrypting your files. Some variants have been broken and you can find decryption keys on the internet; however, these are the exception. Most have not been broken and short of restoring from a backup, there is no decrypting the files short of paying the ransom and hoping that you get a decryption key and it works. EVERYONE. Yes, I mean everyone! that deals with computers needs to have a basic understanding of ransomware. Kaspersky and Intel Security have partnered to create the NoMoreRansom.org website.
Disable Get Windows 10 Icon and Prevent Your System from Automatically Upgrading to Windows 10 With GWX Control Panel
By Nerino Petro at 14 March, 2016, 1:50 pm
Microsoft, I like Windows 10 but the way you are trying to force it on every Windows user leaves me cold. For those of you that are not aware of what is happening, Microsoft has taken a number of steps to, in my opinion, trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. These actions vary from installing Windows 10 upgrades files on a computer without a user's knowledge, force installing a popup that tells users they can upgrade to Windows 10 now or later but no option to not upgrade at all (the trick is to use the "x" close icon in the top right of the popup window when this happens) or that installs a Get Windows 10 icon that sits in your system tray. Luckily there is an answer – a handy utility called GWX Control Panel.
By Nerino Petro at 19 February, 2016, 4:05 pm
There is a nasty new ransomware infection called Locky that is running rampant currently. This malicious infection is being transmitted by Word documents attached to an email purporting to be an invoice. Check out the following articles and share them with your laweyrs and staff to advise them as to how this is being targeted and to avoid opening one of these emails. The articles include samples of the message and other important information.
By Nerino Petro at 17 February, 2016, 12:54 pm
Memos are a necessary evil in the business and legal world, but that doesn't mean that you have to write (or endure) crappy ones. Here's a great article from Kopywrting Kourse on How to write an effective memo. Keep them short, sweet and to the point. Check it out and share it with your co-workers.