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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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179 Reasons to Upgrade Before January 2014

Posted by Steven Thom on Nov 15, 2013 1:06:06 PM

As of this writing there are roughly four useble business weeks left in the current year.  As 2013 winds down, businesses should consider performing needed upgrades sooner rather than later. At the risk of creating a lengthy blog post I'm planning to provide 179 reasons to upgrade before January 2014.

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Topics: business continuity, Business Continuity, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, exploit, firewall, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, Hippa, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, malware, microsoft, patch, Section 179, security, Security, software, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

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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Topics: 0day, adobe, Apple, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, email, exploit, firefox, firewall, flash, hacker, Hipaa, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, Mac, malware, microsoft, oracle, privacy, security, Security, software, threat, unpatched, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, Wordpress, zero-day

August 2013 Microsoft Patch Tuesday is Here

Posted by Steven Thom on Aug 13, 2013 2:28:03 PM

It's the second Tuesday of the month, so that means it's Patch Tuesday. Microsoft will begin rolling out patches as the day progresses. This means your computer will likely reboot overnight. Here's a rundown of the patches you can expect.

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Topics: 0day, breach, Chicago PC Support, disclosure, EHR, EMR, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, internet explorer, malware, microsoft, patch, Security, vulnerability, zero-day

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

Oracle closes critical Java vulnerability

Posted by Steven Thom on Mar 5, 2013 7:55:43 AM

Oracle announced today the release of updates for Java versions 5, 6, and 7 to patch a critical java vulnerability actively being exploiting in the wild. The patches were reportedly slated for release in April but the timetable was pushed up in response to a recent report demonstrating the active exploit. This further prolongs the life of Java 6, which was slated for retirement last month but continues to receive updates in the wake of a continual barrage of zero-day exploits.

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Topics: 0day, breach, chicago computer support, chicago IT support, chrome, exploit, explorer, firefox, google, hacker, Healthcare IT, Hipaa, homeland security, internet, internet explorer, java, Mac, malware, microsoft, oracle, patch, security, Security, software, update, virus, viruses, vulnerability, zero-day

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

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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Oracle releases emergency patches for Java

Posted by Steven Thom on Feb 2, 2013 7:51:16 AM

Oracle has released a sizable number of patches for Java to address 50 vulnerabilities affecting both the browser versions as well as the server. The "Critical Patch Update February 2013" (CPU) for Java had been scheduled for February 19th, but due to one of the vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild, the company brought the release forward. Oracle advises users to install the update as soon as possible because of "the threat posed by a successful attack". This may explain the sudden move by Apple to disable Java in the browser yesterday (February 1 2013).

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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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