Friday, 31 July 2015

#Telstra scam emails! How to sport the fakes that are currently going around

"The fake emails can be distinguished by the absence of a “$” sign to describe the amount of money they have supposedly been paid twice and is available for refund.
The refund amount is shown in a bracket.
Another fake email also incorrectly addresses recipients with, “Hi, dear customer.”
Falk said these phishing emails often include links and attachments that have malicious software or they are designed to trick customers into disclosing their personal details."

Read the full story here: http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/fake-bills-sent-to-tens-of-thousands-of-telstra-customers/story-fnjwnj25-1227455784709

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Apple Watch - August - 'Cry for Help' Free Monthly Newsletter just released!

Check out our latest 'Cry for Help' newsletter just released for August! Our review on the Apple Watch from personal use
Click here: http://jnhsoftware.com.au/CFHelp.html

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

#Windows 10 is out tomrrow! Make sure you read these warning signs first!

"Even if you have “reserved” a Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft, there’s a fair chance you will not receive it on launch day.
Microsoft will first deliver the finished Windows 10 product to beta testers, or Windows Insiders, on launch day and will notify other users in a “staggered” launch.
As the company describes it, “Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the rollout, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
How long will you wait? Microsoft will not say."

Read the full story here: http://www.news.com.au/technology/seven-warnings-to-read-before-you-upgrade-to-microsofts-windows-10-operating-system/story-e6frfrnr-1227458980510

Friday, 24 July 2015

#Driverless cars to hit our shores this year!

The hype behind self driving cars from the likes of Volvo, Google, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz isn’t just because people are too lazy to drive themselves, but for the genuine possibility of fatality-free roads.
Google’s self-driving car director Chris Urmon wrote in May that while that fatality-free future through driverless cars is possible, at the moment smaller accidents caused by other cars with human drivers is still a problem.
“Even when our software and sensors can detect a sticky situation and take action earlier and faster than an alert human driver, sometimes we won’t be able to overcome the realities of speed and distance; sometimes we’ll get hit just waiting for a light to change,” Urmon said.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

CryptoWall - A very dangerous form of RansomWare

Unfortunately, recently we have had a client that has been infected by the CryptoWall virus.
The client had all data (docs, audio, video, pictures, etc) encrypted, therefore cannot be opened. The internet browser then comes up with a message saying everything is encrypted, and to pay a ransom to decrypt all the files.
As a result, we were able to remove the virus, but had to resort to a backup to restore all off their files. It is currently impossible to decrypt the files.

The malware can get onto your computer through a fake email or website. The email will come as an attachment, possibly from a contact you might know of, or a fake email from a company that you might be apart of.
Any website can be hacked, and then any visitor going to the website can be infected.
So make sure, that you know who the email is from, your expecting an attachment form them, you know what website your visiting and know its safe, no clicking ads, pop ups, etc.

This type of malware is very dangerous where it will encrypt all of your files on your computer without you knowing, then will prompt you to pay a ransom to decrypt all the files.
A message will pop up in your Internet browser asking you to pay a ransom in a limited time, there after the ransom will increase.
The Malware writers also use specific networks and payment types to maximize their anonymity .

The malware targets specific file types, like your word documents, photos, graphics, audio, video and even some backup types
It doesn't touch your Windows directory, so you can still use the computer normally, you just wont be able to open any files you have created or saved.
Any new documents you make will be encrypted instantly as well, unless the virus has been removed.

Removing the virus is possible, which will prevent any future data file from being encrypted, but it wont decrypt all your other data.
Unfortunately, without paying the ransom, and hoping the criminals decrypt your files, it is currently impossible for anyone or anything to decrypt them.
The only solution, is to restore from a backup.

So as you can see, it is very, very important to backup all your data onto an external hard drive, or cloud, that isn't always connected to your computer.

The best way to prevent this from happening, is to make sure you have a good and always up to date, Anti Virus, the latest Windows Updates installed, and a regular Backup.


To read a full story on how this very dangerous malware works - click this link - https://blog.fortinet.com/post/cryptowall-another-ransomware-menace

Friday, 17 July 2015

Be careful downloading #Nintendo games on your #Android device! It could be Malware!

"The malware infecting Android devices is hidden in a gaming app and better known as Gunpoder. Based on an open-source Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator, the app is being downloaded by 1980s and 1990s Nintendo games fans. It’s available via third party app stores. But how does it work?"

Read the full story here: http://news.filehippo.com/2015/07/thats-classic-nintendo-android-device-malware/

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

More information about the new #Windows 10 to better prepare yourself before it releases!

"The new Action Center consists of two parts: The notifications area at the top, and the "quick actions" bar at the bottom. In the notifications area you'll see notifications from various apps, including Twitter, Facebook and your email account, as well as notifications from phone apps (e.g., alarms) if applicable."

Read the full story here: http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/exploring-the-notifications-center-in-windows-10/

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Something to look forward to in #Windows10

"But the coolest new feature is inking -- the ability to draw, write on, and generally mark up Web pages from directly within the browser. You can share your marked-up creations via email or through social networks, or you can save them to OneNote."

See the full story here: http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/you-can-now-write-on-webpages-in-windows-10/

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

#AppleMusic is now live and streaming!

 Apple Music can be found in all iOS gadgets after the update, but you can also listen on Macs and PCs. The new version of iOS with Apple Music was available starting at 8 a.m. PT, and a worldwide 24-hour live radio station, Beats 1, was planned to go live at 9 a.m. PT.

For the full story, click here: http://www.cnet.com/au/news/apple-music-launches-taking-on-spotify/