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FAQ: Are you in danger: WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry took down wide swaths of the internet over the weekend, then disappeared. Here’s what you need to know, without the hype.  

(click on the picture for the full article.)

 

So I don’t need to worry about it right now?

Wrong. Very wrong. This is one of those rare times when the Windows sky is falling. We already have reports from Matt Suiche of a new WannaCry variant that’s been sinkholed with 10,000 infections logged. The clones are coming, and many of them won’t be easy to stop. You have to get your Windows PC patched now.


Free tools to support cyber security efforts

More cyber security freebies than you knew existed.

There are more free information security tools out there than you can highlight with a fist full of whiteboard pointers. While many are trial ware-based enticements designed to lure decision makers to purchase the pricey premium counterparts of these freebies, many are full-blown utilities. A few important categories include threat intelligence tools, tools to build security in during the development stage, penetration testers, and forensics tools.  (click on the picture above for the full story)


Sniff out and kick out

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Like it or not, your PC is susceptible to malware. This page will teach you how to locate the bad stuff, then remove it from your system.

Click on the Skull and Cross Bones to Sniff out and kick out Windows malware for free.

 

For videos on how Sysinternals Process Explorer works click on the YouTube link below.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Sysinternals+Process+how+does+it+work

 

For a video for how VirusTotal click on the video below.


VIKING …… oh oh

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New Android malware poses as popular game, but enlists phones into botnet

The malware has evaded Google Play’s malware scans for weeks.

At least five instances of the app have so far been able to evade Google Play’s malware scans for almost a month, since it was first submitted to the app store.

When the user installs the app, it will automatically join a botnet — a network of devices controlled by an attacker — which disguise ad clicks to generate money

http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-android-malware-poses-as-app-joins-device-to-botnet/ 


Change your passwords…. Really, Change Today!

WSJ HeatbleedOn Monday, security researchers found an issue so scary they called it “Heartbleed.” It’s a flaw in an encryption tool used by about two-thirds of Internet servers that could be exploited to leak your login names and passwords.

Click on graphic above to go to full story or follow this link:

http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2014/04/09/how-and-why-to-change-your-passwords-today/


Avoid The Pileup

Sad AndroidJack Wallen introduces you to a must-have application to protect your Android devices from the new pileup flaw.

Those who can create malware, will create malware — no matter how sneaky they have to be to do so. The latest craze is called pileup malware. The gist of this is a seemingly innocent and harmless piece of software is installed on your device (even with the stamp of approval from your malware scanner). The initial install requires little to no permissions, so it looks perfectly safe. The problem comes when it’s time to update that software. Without needing your approval, the software will upgrade its own permissions, giving it much more access than it originally had — there’s the pileup (and the rub). You now have an official piece of harmful malware on your machine.


Malware? You mean there’s something to watch out for besides “Viruses”?

Yes there is, the generic term is Malware.  Malicious programs that get into your computer and create headaches for you.

Click on the “CNET” logo below and it’ll take you to one of my favorite Anti-Malware programs.   Once you get there, just follow the instructions to download and install Malwarebytes.