Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Just A Friendly Reminder


Recently, it was World Backup Day on March 31st. In this post I want to share a few articles that talk about the rise of ransomware and how bad it's getting. One important point I do have to make is that this is no longer just a Windows issue. Macs are easily being targeted and getting infected. As I've discussed in the podcast, there's a two step approach to protecting your computer. First, download and maintain an antivirus program. Second, don't click on anything suspicious. Now, this gets complicated when advertising companies get infected and the very ads you click on are what can infect your computer.

Of course, it's one thing to protect your computer. These days, it's all about protecting your data. One main way of doing that is backing up your important files. So, take some time every now and then to make sure your data is safely stored. I'll be talking about this in more detail in the next RapidTech podcast.

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Ransomware alert issued by US and Canada following recent attacks

5 ways to become a smaller target for ransomware hackers


Two more hospitals struck by ransomware, in California and Indiana

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bogey man Egg Separator Jug [Video]



This is both creative and fun. I love the perfect combination of form and function.

Read more about this jug here.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy MLK Day! [Video]



Of course, every Martin Luther King Day I have to share my favorite speech of his.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tonight's Democratic Debate Will Be Easy to View and Stream



With NBC and Youtube hosting, tonight's debate will be easily accessible to everyone with a TV, Computer, Tablet and Phone.

From CNET:

For those with access to local NBC programming, the debate will be carried live. For those who've cut the cord, you watch the debate using one of the methods outlined below:
Tune into NBC's YouTube channel at YouTube.com/NBCNews.
Use the NBC News app for Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV or Roku.
Apple TV owners can search the App Store for "NBC News."
NBC News notes the official hashtag for the debate is #DemDebate, which will allow you to follow along or contribute to social commentary.
Read more here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

RapidTech Podcast - Episode 1 - Protecting Your Computer From Viruses




For the first episode of this podcast i go into a multi part series of how to protect and maintain your computer. This first part deals with protecting your computer from viruses. The main inspiration for this topic is that this is the question I get asked the most. "What can I do to protect my computer from viruses?"

Links:

- For Mac Users -

AVG for Mac
www.avg.com/us-en/avg-antivirus-for-mac

Sophos
www.sophos.com/en-us/products/fr…home-edition.aspx

- For Windows Users -

AVG Free
free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

avast! Free
www.avast.com/index

Friday, November 27, 2015

CryptoWall 4.0 is Out. Free Vaccine Available. [Ransomware]


As a computer tech, I've had my run ins with ransomware over the years. Most were removable without harming any important files. But, cryptolocker and cryptowall were nightmares. Yea, the virus can be removed. However, any files encrypted were lost forever.

Prevention is the best cure. So, Bitdefender developed a ransomware vaccine. Very easy to install and use. And, this will not conflict with your current Virus Protection software.

Download here:


"Following the footsteps of its predecessors, CryptoWall has become a financial success for its creators. Recent numbers show that inflicted an estimated $325 million in damages in the US alone. Its high turnaround prompted other cybercriminal groups to write new code that uses more sophisticated encryption algorithms. Therefore, it’s becoming harder for AV vendors to crack the code and come up with a solution."

As always, keep Windows and your Antivirus software up to date. And, constantly back up your personal files. And, of course, never click or open any suspicious links or emails.