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Defend Against the CryptoLocker Virus

Posted by Steven Thom on Nov 16, 2013 7:39:06 PM

The "CryptoLocker" virus has been making a great deal of noise lately. Though we at Thom Infotech have not personally encountered it, we know others who have. We've written this post to help you to understand and defend against the CryptoLocker virus.

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WordPress now offers automatic updates

Posted by Steven Thom on Oct 31, 2013 6:37:41 PM

There is welcome news for web developers this week as WordPress now offers automatic updates to the uber-popular web development platform. Starting out as a blogging tool, WordPress has morphed into a full website development ecosystem. Like many, this author has embraced WordPress due to its simplicity, flexibility, and easy search engine optimization.

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Most HIPAA Breaches are Caused by Employees

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 11, 2013 11:59:20 AM

It has been said that the most difficult interface to secure is the one between the chair and the keyboard. This bit of "nerd humor" actually has its basis in fact. Art Gross has written a very informative post titled "Your employees will cause your next HIPAA breach" concerning the most common cause of HIPAA breaches - your employees. Gross cites two recent examples where Protected Health Information (PHI) was leaked from the secured healthcare data environment by careless or poorly trained employees:

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Topics: breach, Chicago PC Support, EHR, email, EMR, ePHI, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, medical, security

Trendjacking threats are a growing concern

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 9, 2013 5:20:25 PM

I'm sure you've seen this, and I hope you haven't fallen for it. Nevertheless, it must work because the bad guys keep doing it. The term is "Trendjacking", and it refers to spammers and malware authors using current trends to trick you into opening malicious email messages.

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Topics: 0day, adobe, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, email, exploit, facebook, google, hacker, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, malware, microsoft, patch, security, Security, trendjacking, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

Evernote hack results in forced password change

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 2, 2013 4:09:12 PM

Evernote is a really cool app. I use it heavily in conjunction with David Allen's "Getting Things Done" system to organize my day and achieve my goals. I also use it for more mundane tasks such as grocery lists. I use it on my PC, my iPad, and my Android phone - it syncs up between devices. I also managed to get my wife to buy into the shopping list idea and we now share a folder between our accounts, syncing the shopping lists to our respective phones. We use the handy checkbox feature to make lists for the various stores we frequent, checking things off as we place them in the cart. It's very cool and I am no doubt the hippest, coolest shopper in the store. In fact I'm sure of it.

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Topics: breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, disclosure, email, exploit, internet, patch, privacy, security, Security, update, vulnerability

Adobe has scheduled an update for last week's Acrobat zero-day

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 18, 2013 1:13:06 PM

Adobe announced in a blog post that they will issue updates for version XI, X, and 9 to close the zero-day hole revealed last week. The patch will be released for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems. All users are advised to install the patch as soon as it becomes available. Thom Infotech encourages Adobe Acrobat users to enable the automatic update feature that both downloads and installs the patch as soon as it becomes available. This can be found in the Edit > Preferences menu. Scroll down to the "Updater" section and change the default ("Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them") to "Automatically install updates". Our Managed IT Services clients will receive the update automatically.

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Topics: 0day, adobe, Apple, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, chrome, email, exploit, explorer, firefox, hacker, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, internet, internet explorer, Linux, Mac, Macintosh, malware, microsoft, patch, security, Security, software, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

Facebook is apparent victim of a Java zero-day attack

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 18, 2013 12:13:47 PM

Facebook has confirmed that they were a victim of a targeted attack that leveraged a previously unknown Java vulnerability. The zero-day exploit was used to infect the laptops of several engineers with malware that apparently was used to attempt a full-scale infiltration of the inner sanctum of Facebook.

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Topics: 0day, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, chrome, email, exploit, explorer, facebook, firefox, firewall, hacker, Hipaa, internet, internet explorer, java, malware, medical, oracle, patch, security, Security, software, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

New Adobe Acrobat Zero-Day Reported

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 13, 2013 12:13:16 PM

Researchers from the respected malware research firm FireEye today reported a zero-day flaw that is actively being exploited in the wild. They reportedly observed successful exploitation of the latest Adobe PDF Reader 9.5.3, 10.1.5, and 11.0.1. It is assumed that earlier versions are also vulnerable though this has not been confirmed.

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Topics: 0day, Acrobat, adobe, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, chrome, email, exploit, explorer, facebook, firefox, firewall, google, hacker, internet, internet explorer, malware, patch, security, Security, software, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

Adobe issues two Flash zero-day patches

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 8, 2013 6:54:43 AM

Today, a Security Bulletin (APSB13-04) has been posted to address security issues in Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.146 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.261 and earlier versions for Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.36 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.31 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x.

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Why did I get a virus?!

Posted by Steven Thom on Jan 15, 2013 1:48:54 PM

For crying out loud... How did this happen? You're just surfing along, minding your own business and BAM - some bogus-looking thing pops up claiming you have 300 infected files and you need to pay $70 to get your computer cleaned. Or, like my elderly neighbor over the past weekend, you get a scary full-screen warning informing you that you'll be prosecuted for copyright infringement. Here's what that looked like...

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