Author - Travis N.

Ransomware rides the rails of San Francisco

What happens when your area transit system gets infected with ransomware? A whole lot of lost money. Over 2,000 systems at MUNI in San Francisco, CA were compromised with a variant of the HDDCryptor ransomware. The systems infected were admin desktops, network servers, SQL databases, payroll systems, and station kiosks. The malware infected Windows-domain joined systems all throughout MUNI's network causing the agency to offer free rides on Friday night and into Saturday. High cost of ransomware recovery It's not currently [...]

Chrome to start marking HTTP as insecure

In January of 2017, Google will be releasing Chrome 56 which has a feature that will warn users when they visit HTTP sites, marking them as "not secure" before HTTP URLs, but only for pages that contain credit card or password fields. Over the last decade, internet shopping has exploded and while 20 years ago we were warned to never enter our credit card number online, that is definitely not the case today. It's also in eventual works that [...]

Should you join the Windows Insider Program?

This is a question we get quite often as people learn more about what it means to be a Windows Insider. First off, a little history. In October 2014, Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program. It was allow a public beta of the then up and coming Windows 10 operating system. It sent out automatic upgrades to those early versions to update them to the latest build all the way to Build 10240 which was the final build... or [...]

Keeping Up Appearances on Your Systems

Windows Updates. Those two words usually make people cringe - "What is Microsoft updating now?" or even worse, they fear that Windows will reboot while they're in the middle of something important - like writing a presentation or report - and it seems that it occurs right when that report is due to your boss in 30 minutes. Or worse, it takes down the network in the middle of the day because Windows Update was configured poorly. Managing Those Updates The [...]

One Third of Computers Were Hacked or Infected

Nobody wants to get a computer virus especially since today, these viruses can do more than just cause havoc on your computer - they'll go to great lengths to encrypt information that you have access to and hold it for ransom. If you don't pay in a specified period, the ransom price goes up. Wait too long and you'll never be able to recover your data. Other viruses are out there to steal information like credit cards or other [...]

How Microsoft’s New Patching Affects You

Microsoft has recently announced that they are changing the way Windows patching will work going forward starting on the next Patch Tuesday. Microsoft has decided to switch to a roll up model - that is, one giant patch that contains a bunch of smaller patches. Traditionally, patches were delivered individually. Starting today, October 11th, the new servicing model takes effect. This roll up model doesn't affect Windows 10 as it's the model currently in use. As Windows 7 and 8.1 [...]

AdBlock Plus wants you to see more ads

In a very interesting turn of events, AdBlock Plus - a popular ad-blocking extension available for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer - wants you to see more ads. They've introduced a new program that allows publishers to purchase "acceptable" ads over intrusive advertising. So instead of seeing an empty section of the page (usually non-noticeable), they will sell ad space in their new Marketplace which will replace a "bad ad" with a "good ad". What are your thoughts about [...]