WanaCrypt0r Ransomware is a computer worm that encrypts information on an infected computer and attached drives and demands a ransom to recover the data. In the past 24 hours this worm has been spotted in almost 100 countries with tens of thousands of reported infections. The infections have been reported in hospitals, large corporations, banks, and utilities.
Tech support scams have been around since about 2008, but it seems like there has bee a uptick in the frequency that they are happening these days. In today’s post I will go over what these scams are, how to spot them, and what to do about them.
I am often asked what can be done with old computers and other electronics. You shouldn’t throw things like that away, most electronics contain some amounts of not so environmentally friendly materials. Well I have good news, you can take your old used up electronics to TECH and recycle them, free of charge! The recycling program is called e-Cycle and is a free service provided by TECH. The e-Cycle program is even available for both residential and commercial customers. TECH accepts most electronics free of charge, but there are few items that they charge a small fee for, such as old style CRT monitors. Take a look at the list below to see just some of the items that TECH accepts. Be sure to checkout TECH’s website for a complete list of items that they do and do not accept.
I am happy to announce that we now offer residential maintenance plans! So what exactly is a maintenance plan? I am happy to announce that we now offer residential maintenance plans! So what exactly is a maintenance plan? A maintenance plan basically means that we will make sure that your computer is always in tip top shape, and stop potential problems before they start. There is a small low impact program that gets installed on your computer. Once our software is installed on your computer, it will begin monitoring your system health, and alert you whenever it detects a problem.
I am excited to announce that OurNerd is now partnered with datto! This new partnership allows OurNerd to provide, industry leading, business continuity backup solutions to our customers.
This is just a quick reminder. Do NOT ever open e-mail attachments, unless you personally know who the sender is. Even if you do know the sender, do not open the attachment unless you were expecting it. In fact, I would recommend not ever opening an attachment to an email.
Let me tell you a true story that happened a few weeks ago. A customer of ours called with an issue with their Quickbooks data. Their company file had become corrupted and, unfortunately, their Qiuckbooks backup was out of date.
We are happy to announce that all websites hosted by OurNerd now included SSL encryption! This means that all of the websites hosted by us, are transmitted securely to your visitors.
Over the past few weeks I have been seeing a large increase in the amount of Remote Support Scams. These types of scams have been around for years, but this new variety is more aggressive. What happens is a window opens up and claims that your computer is infected and to call a number to get…
Back in 2013 a new type of virus was discovered called "CryptoLocker". CryptoLocker was a virus propagated mostly though email attachments. Once a user ran the attachment, the virus would encrypt all of the personal documents and pictures on that user's computer, then it would ask for a ransom to be paid to unlock the encrypted files. Ever…