IT Security Is Essential To Guard Against Malicious Threats

Unfortunately there seems to be no end in sight with the continual onslaught of malicious ransomware threats. CrytoWall 4.0 has recently been attacking computer systems across the globe. It’s evolved from the CryptoLocker virus last year which crippled networks and extorted over $3 million from victims. To help guard against this type of ransomware threat ensure your  system is fully protected and checked over by IT Security experts.

Besides evolving to be more evasive and out manoeuvring outdated antivirus protection, the prevenance of ransomware occurs as many computer users are unaware of what it is exactly and just how easily their system can be compromised. Ransom ware can easily compromise a computer when someone opens an email with an infected attachment.

These emails may be disguised as  government letters from organisations such as the taxation office, Medicare or Australia post. Once open,  the ransomware attachment  encrypts files and demands a payment to restore the computer or else the user will have it wiped completely by the deadline! In many cases, even if the ransom is paid the users files are left corrupted and worthless.

To ensure your protection against this type of malicious ransomware activity it essential to have your system checked for any weaknesses by a professional IT Support technician. They can check to see if your backup system is running effectively. Also to ensure your system is running the latest updates and security patches. Your antivirus and firewalls will also be checked to make sure your system is fully protected.

Besides professional IT support its important to remember to never open any spam mail or attachments from a sender you don’t recognise. Its mind bogging the amount of people who do so not realising the destructive consequences of their action. It’s important to educate your family and friends about these type of malicious treats online as they may well open the cryptowall 4.0 without realising their mistake.

It you unfortunately fall victim to this scam, call your trusted IT Security technician ASAP for assistance. The last thing you want to do is pay the cyber criminals, especially is if isn’t guaranteed they will restore your computer. If your backup was running smoothly, your computer technician will be able to restore your information, up until the most recent back up and format the system. Vigilance is the key, stay protected and don’t open suspicious mail!

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IT Support is Vital to Keep Your Business Running

Businesses both big and small rely on computer systems to keep their production running smoothly and staff working productively. Unfortunately if valuable computer equipment isn’t serviced regularly them systems can fail, leading to very expensive down time for business due to loss of revenue while the issues is identified and rectified. The best way to keep your business running smoothly is by incorporating preventative maintenance by your trusted IT support professionals.

When computer systems fail they can have disastrous consequences as experienced in the United States earlier this month. Three major corporations systems all failed on the same morning. Initially cyber hackers were blamed for the “coordinated attack” but this theory was denounced by authorities as the computer failures were completely different and were a result of internal malfunctions and server overloads.

United Airlines had to ground all flights temporarily due to a network connectivity issue with their computers being unable to communicate with each other. Everything from checking in to booking systems were down for over an hour. This threw staff and passengers into chaos with disrupted travel plans and people missing their connecting flights.

Not long after this incident, the New York Stock Exchange were forced to suspend trading for around 4 hours due to an internal technical problem which was revealed to be a configuration issue. This technical glitch certainly didn’t help investor confidence. The next system to fail was at the Wall Street Journal’s website, with speculation that server overload was the main cause. Large amounts of online traffic tried to access the Journals site after the NY Stock Exchange’s forced closure.

It’s astonishing that such large businesses can have computer system failures. Situations like these highlight the importance of computer maintenance to help prevent this happening to your business. IT support Melbourne can assist with preventative maintenance to ensure your computer system is kept up to date and any issues are identified quickly and fixed before they become a major problem.

A professional IT support consultant can help support your business by ensuring:

• that your backup system is working properly
• virus protection is functioning and up to date
• setting up a reliable firewall
• update your system with the most current security patches

All of the above features are essential to keep your business protected online and if anything were to occur unexpectedly, there would be the most up to date backups available to get your system up and running in no time.

Hate Windows 8? Turn it into 7 with a few easy steps.

I hate Windows 8.

Everything about its new interface is counter-intuitive.

Even on a tablet, unless someone shows you the swipey tricks, you will be confused. An invisible button? I guess they were copying samsung. At least on a Galaxy the button appears after you press it. And who the hell put the turn off button under settings?

Fortunately, we are not alone. 3rd party software developers have recreated the Windows 7 start menu!

The one I usually use is called Classic Shell. This tool brings back the Windows 7 start menu in all of its glory.

There are also some more options to play with to unflustercluck the GUI.

Right-click the taskbar, click Properties and select the Navigation tab. You can disable hot corners, the app switcher bar, and most importantly, boot directly to the desktop.

Article by CTRLIT.
Leading IT Support in Melbourne

Someone get these companies some emergency IT support!

The consequences of a computer system failure at your workplace can range from ‘a bit of a pain’ and some downtime to major financial loss and the ruination of a company. The proliferation of people offering IT support in Melbourne shows that most business owners understand the importance of keeping their computer systems up and running, but in the world of technology, the odd glitch is simply inevitable.

If you’ve been hit by a computer bug that’s caused you grief, maybe these examples of massive computer failures will ease the pain!

Airports

An IT failure at an airport is usually bound to have very annoying consequences for passengers. You can bet the IT support at Melbourne Airport is pretty tight for this reason! Nonetheless, bugs still happen. Take the headache suffered at UK immigration after a fault occurred on the UK Border Force computers. The IT fault, which occurred earlier this year, meant delays in conducing passport checks, and lead to huge lines forming at airport terminals across the UK as people waited for hours to enter the country.

There are many other airport computer bad news stories. Take the 2012 glitch in a United Airline’s dispatch software, which resulted in 257 flights being delayed and another 10 being cancelled in just a two-hour period!

But both of these are at least better than a computer issue during the flight – when it’s never more crucial to have on-hand IT support! A Melbourne flight to Delhi had to divert to Kuala Lumpur in February this year after all three of the Boeing 787’s navigation computers failed simultaneously!

Finance

One of the most well-known stories of financial loss due to a computer failure is that of Knight Capital, an American global financial services firm. In 2012, an incorrect algorithm in automatic stock trading software – which saw the company buy high and sell low on 150 different stocks – meant the company lost a whopping $440 million – in just thirty minutes.

When it comes to transport (and the desperate need for some good IT support), Melbourne’s embattled myki system has had its fair share of woes. While many have suggested the system is inherently flawed, part of its problem has been computer glitches.

Mapping

I’m sure we all remember the infamous 2012 Apple iOS 6 update, when the company ditched the Google Maps platform in favour of its own system. Unfortunately, this system had a few glitches, including its missing out entries for whole towns, incorrect placement of locations, obscured satellite imagery, and incorrect locations given for queries – among others. Everyone from Melbourne to New York felt the impact of the poor mapping. In fact, New York Times technology columnist called it the “least usable piece of software Apple has ever unleashed.” Ouch.

Prisoners

Then there was the 2011 incident with the state of California. The state was required to significantly reduce its prison population by 33,000 by releasing non-violent offenders. However, a computer programming error led to “non-revocable” preference being given to 450 violent prisoners who were released into the public – and were not required to report to a parole officer. As of last report, it seems that many of these felons are still out there. Hopefully the state learned their lesson and invested in some better IT support!

All out war!

But that’s nothing compared to our last example, which could have led to war! In 1983, a malfunctioning Soviet nuclear early warning system warned that the US had launched an attack on Russia! Luckily, Soviet Air Defence officer Stanislav Petrov had a gut feeling that the alarm was false and didn’t sound the alarm – possibly saving the world from World War III!

Written by Bastien Treptel – Director Ctrl IT www.ctrlit.com.au