Malware Awareness Month

March is Advantage Computer’s Malware Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to informing people about malware. We will be creating posts about the latest malware that we come across and what to look out for.

Please read the following articles to learn more!

Week 4 - Why don't I have permission to open my files?

Recently we have been receiving computers with permission problems that prevent users from opening files.  This can be as light as not being able to open your word files or as bad as not being able to boot your computers to windows.  But to understand why this happens, you need to understand a little bit about permissions.

Read more: Week 4 - Why don't I have permission to open my files?

Week 2 - Mac. Not as safe as before.

I decided that this would be a good week to write about a change we have witnessed in the malware world. This month has been one of the most active months for viruses being deployed on apple computers.  

Read more: Week 2 - Mac. Not as safe as before.

March Week 1 - Cryptolocker. The evil encryption virus.

In the past, viruses have been mundane in comparison to what we have seen over the past few years. The majority of what we saw in our office prevented use of the computer, logged keystrokes (more serious virus), and created popups.  But gone are the days of the more simple malware and now we have things like cryptolocker.

Read more: March Week 1 - Cryptolocker. The evil encryption virus.

Week 4 - Fabricating a story. Identity theft in action.

I had the unpleasant experience of witnessing my own family undergo identity theft via fabrication of a false story.  It’s something we all worry about, but typically there are only minor incidents. I experienced my credit card being stolen but quickly cancelled the card before any harm could be done.  Active communication fabrication can be a much scarier experience.

Read more: Week 4 - Fabricating a story. Identity theft in action.