Online Safety


This entry is part of 6 in the series Computer Security Made SimpleIn my previous posts, I have covered what ransomware is, what it does, and how it attacks. I’ll wrap this series up with some defensive measures that you can take (and no, switching to another operating system isn’t […]

Ransomware: What is it, and how do you defend yourself ...


This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Computer Security Made SimpleIn the previous two posts, I discussed what Ransomware is and how it attacks your system. In this post, I’ll go into what exactly happens when you’re infected and what happens if you pay (assuming that the […]

Ransomware: What is it, and how do you defend yourself ...


This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Computer Security Made SimpleIn yesterday’s post, I discussed the terms used to explain ransomware and also a simple explanation of what it is. Today I’m going to dig a little deeper into the actual tech behind the attack. First, a […]

Ransomware: What is it, and how do you defend yourself ...








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http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2010/10/05/the-need-for-global-collective-defense-on-the-internet.aspx A few days ago, a Microsoft employee (in their Trustworthy Computing division) posted a blog entry discussing the need for a “health certificate” to allow computers on the Internet. In order to be considered “healthy” your computer must have all available updates (I’m assuming Security here), and updated antivirus, […]

A "Health Certificate" for the Internet? Hmmm…..


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http://www.thenewnewinternet.com/2010/02/16/more-must-be-done-to-prepare-us-for-cyber-attack/ and http://www.darkreading.com/security/cybercrime/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222900775&cid=nl_DR_DAILY_2010-02-18_h Yesterday, former members of the Government participated in a Cyber Security Game called Operation CyberShockwave, which was a test of how well the US Government would handle a cyber-attack.  The results?  We failed miserably.  There’s more work that needs to be done. The scenario was an application […]

US Fails in CyberAttack Simulation