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Petya Ransomware Outbreak

Posted by on in Alerts

You may have heard about the Petya Ransomware attack that is currently affecting computer users worldwide, hitting at least 65 counties, according to NPR. You can read more about the Petya outbreak at HealthITSecurity, the patched security flaw that is being exploited, the government's CERT alert and the most tragic news: a Cadbury chocolate factory was shut down because of it.

As a Weston CompleteCare client, you have multiple layers of protection in-place to help prevent these types of things from bringing down your environment. These may include:

  • WestonBlock email protection helps prevent viruses, malware, and phishing attempts from reaching your inbox. 
  • Managed Antivirus that is constantly being updated to protect opening these types of files and blocking them if they try to attack.
  • OpenDNS content filtering protects you from accidentally loading an infected web site and prevents these types of files from "phoning home" to activate.
  • WestonShield firewalls help protect against malicious inbound and outbound traffic (and has had protection for variants of Petya starting over a year ago).
  • Managed patching services that make sure security patches to help protect you from these types of infections are installed properly and quickly.
  • A solid backup and business continuity device and plan in-place that protects your local and offsite backed up data and that alerts when backups show sign of malware. 

All that being said, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Also avoid browsing to sites you don't recognize or follow links that are unfamiliar.

If you have any questions or are interested in hearing about how CompleteCare can help protect your business, don't hesitate to contact us.

Friday Fun With Wikipedia

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

Wikipedia can be a such a time suck if you're easily distracted. Especially when you come across deleted articles with freaky titles. As the title says, a list of Wikipedia articles that actually existed at one point and have been deleted. Such useful classics as “An old dude who lives in Central America” and “Put that cookie down.” Not to be confused with Unusual Articles, which are oddball Wikipedia articles that actually exist, or the list of really, really, really stupid article ideas that you really, really, really should not create. Disclaimer: Since this is Wikipedia, it should be noted that some of the content there is a bit not-safe-for-work. 

Friday Fun with the Beatles

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

Sgt PepperWith the newly released 50th Anniversary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band box set, you knew this was bound to happen sometime (I’m amazed it’s taken this long): A project has been created to locate the source images used on the Beatles' iconic album cover. They have mostly been found, but there are still a few that cannot be tracked down. 

Tagged in: Paul Is Dead

twofactorWe’ve obviously chatted about passwords and passphrases and tips for managing too many passwords. Obviously, strong passwords are very important in protecting your online accounts, but there is an additional way you can protect many of your accounts: two-factor authentication. What is it and why should you use it? Read on for all the details.

Simple Calculations in OneNote

Posted by on in How To

OneNoteLogoOneNote is a great tool for note-taking, especially collaborative note-taking (see this handy Microsoft eBook for a load of great tips). But did you know that OneNote can actually do basic calculations and math problems for you in your notes, saving you the trouble of getting out a calculator? Read on for how to accomplish this trick and the math that is supported.