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Spectre / Meltdown Processor Flaw

A flaw in Intel processors, and at least some AMD processors, results in a giant security hole. The name “Spectre” comes from the processor’s speculative execution feature. This is what is exploited. “Meltdown” is the method of exploiting the flaw. If your computer has a processor, you are affected. The fix is to update your operating […]

Show Your File Extensions To Avoid Malware

A common tactic with malware involves a file naming scheme. By default, Windows hides file extensions of known file types. A file will show as “Resume” for example. If this is a Word document, it will display a Microsoft Word icon. If it’s a PDF file, it will display an Adobe icon. The icon displayed, […]

Computer Security Seminar – Protect Yourself and Your Business!

I’m proud to be presenting at the Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn, Friday, May 26th, at the Best Western Midway in Brookfield.  Details below.  I’ve been an Organizer of Wisconsin Business Owners for some years now, and heartily recommend the group.  Great people, a fine venue, awesome food and drink and excellent topics and […]

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Facebook Privacy Settings

The classic Facebook privacy hoax made a comeback recently.  While posting some “declaration of  privacy” doesn’t do diddly, there are some steps you should take to be relatively safe.  If you really want to keep your information private, DON’T join Facebook!  In fact, don’t use e-mail either, but that’s another story. Facebook Privacy Settings in detail: […]

Clever Crooks Attempt Email Fraud

Email Fraud Recently, an employee at one of my clients received an e-mail from one of the company’s owners.  It said a wire transfer needs to be made and details would follow. It was signed with just a first name. This attempted email fraud looked very legitimate – luckily, the recipient noticed a dash in the […]

Email Security for Milwaukee Area Small Businesses

Mullarky Business Systems offers the Barracuda Email Security Service to Small Businesses. Now there is a ‘big-business’ solution to email security at a small business price.   There’s an initial setup fee, then the service costs $1 per mailbox per month thereafter. Obviously, we’re not going to make a lot of money doing this – that’s not the point. This […]

Anthem Hacked (Blue Cross)

Hacked! Here’s another very large data breach. Anthem Inc. reports that hackers accessed a database with about 80 million records in it. If you are one of their customers (and even if you’re not), change your passwords. Change your passwords occasionally and don’t use the same password for everything. The article doesn’t mention HIPPA or […]

Poweliks Malware Removal

Poweliks Malware Removal I just got done cleaning a “Poweliks” infection from a client’s PC in Muskego. It went undetected by two anti-virus / anti-malware products. Symptoms of this Trojan horse include slow performance, high disk activity, lots of connections displayed when you type netstat at a command prompt, and powershell appears in task manager […]

Free LogMeIn Party is Over – Free LogMeIn now starts at $229/year

Free LogMeIn was good while it lasted. On January 28th, free LogMeIn product will no longer exist. The free product would allow up to 10 computers per account. Now, to access 10 computers, you must buy “Pro”, at $229/year. Alternatively, you could purchase a LogMeIn Central subscription for $299/year. At the moment, LogMeIn Central still allows […]

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