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CryptoLocker: The Worst Malware / Ransomware Ever?

CryptoLocker: The Worst Malware / Ransomware Ever? – Jim Evans, Greater Cleveland PCUG. User groups, are you educating your members about the CryptoLocker ransomware? This is malware that when it infects a computer, it starts encrypting every document, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, graphic and photo file it can find. Once everything is encrypted, the malware posts a ransom notice demanding money. Member group, The Greater Cleveland PC Users Group has created a special CryptoLocker page at and updates it regularly with articles, software, tips and video links.

Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

Beware of fake phone calls.


rjmarvin writes “A new surge of callers posing predominately as Microsoft technicians are attempting and sometimes succeeding in scamming customers, convincing them their PCs are infected and directing them to install malware-ridden software or give the callers remote access to the computer. The fraudsters also solicit payment for the fake services rendered. This comes only a year after the FTC cracked down on fake tech support calls, charging six scam operators last October.”

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Running Windows XP means you are non-compliant and open to liability

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will not release any security patches for Windows XP, which will effectively make it non-compliant with HIPAA / HITECH.


By Jeffrey Brady

Information Technology Pros in the healthcare industry may want to get a head start on their spring cleaning. Microsoft extended support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will not release any security patches or updates for Windows XP. This will effectively make Windows XP non-compliant with HIPAA / HITECHafter Microsoft support ends.

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Prepare yourself for the looming deadline of Windows XP

The end of XP support is inevitable and IT pros are tasked with maintaining a productive workforce armed with the tools they need to complete mission-critical projects daily.

By Justin Strong

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When Windows XP launched in 2001, it was widely adopted by enterprises and quickly became one of the most popular operating systems from Microsoft – and it still is today. XP is commonly believed to be short for eXPerience, which denotes the friendly user experience that enterprises and employees have relied on for productivity for over a decade.Today, 12 years and three Microsoft operating systems later, XP still currently owns roughly 31 percent of market share – that’s an estimated 500 million PCs, according to Net Market Share. On April 8, 2014, however, those 500 million PCs are scheduled for a rude awakening because if Microsoft holds to its current XP lifecycle, the extended support for XP will end, forcing those enterprises to migrate or be left open to severe security vulnerabilities.

How To Use Find My iPhone To Get Your Stolen iPhone Back

If your iPhone is no longer in your possession, you might never see it again and the last thing you want to worry about is data security. Here’s what you need to do.

Data theft can be just as damaging (if not more so) than losing a very expensive gadget. Your iPhone might be your pride and joy, but just imagine if someone gained access to your email, bank or social media accounts – wouldn’t that potentially be worse?

Here’s what to do when the unthinkable happens.

Get the ISO you need to create your own Windows 8.1 DVD

Chances are good that you have been to the Windows Store recently and have seen the Windows 8.1 download screen, shown in Figure A. If you read Microsoft’s detailed instructions and then downloaded the update, then you know that this operation performs what is essentially an in-place upgrade. In other words you download and run the update just like you would a Service Pack from Windows Update and there is no opportunity to download an ISO or order a DVD. If you have just one Windows 8 system, then this upgrade procedure is no problem at all. But what if you have two or more Windows 8 systems? Do you really want to sit and wait while the online update runs multiple times? I didn’t think so.

10 best features of Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 (aka Saucy Salamander) is about to hit the streets, but not without much controversy and drama following behind in its wake. In fact, never before has their been a distribution release so mired in upset. Beginning with the choice to move away from the Wayland X server to a Ubuntu-specific Mir server to the inclusion of Smart Scopes, Ubuntu 13.10 couldn’t catch a break. However, after using the release candidate for a while now, I’m here to say Ubuntu 13.10 enjoys more polish than any current Linux release. Outside of the many bug fixes and updates, I can give you ten reasons to like the latest version.

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