Integrated IT Solutions News November 2015
 
Windows 7 end of sale

Microsoft recently announced that it will discontinue the sale of Windows 7 PCs on October 31, 2016. After that date, the only choice for consumers will be to purchase new computers with Windows 10 installed. The lone exception will be businesses with license agreements that entitle them to choose which version of Windows they want preinstalled.

The deadline puts pressure on consumers who have grown comfortable with Windows 7 and are reluctant to upgrade their operating system if they buy a new PC. We encourage you to carefully consider your PC needs for the near future and plan accordingly. Our PC distributors still have plenty of Windows 7 stock so we are able to help you procure equipment, just ask us!

Users who want to continue running Windows 7 on their existing PCs need not worry. Technical support will be available until January 14th, 2020, You will still be able to get security patches, bug fixes and other updates.

Mac malware attacks

Mac owners have historically enjoyed fewer viruses and malware attacks than their PC counterparts. A new cyber security study reports that there have been more malware attacks on Macs this year so far than the last five years combined.

More and more companies are allowing their employees to use Macs, which attackers could target in the hopes of accessing sensitive employee data.

All Macs have cyber-security software called "Gatekeeper" installed on their Mac, though it runs in the background and can't be accessed. It is a good idea to make sure you have an antivirus software program installed and that it's up to date on your home system.

Enterprise companies should also make sure their employees have antivirus software on their Mac and that it's in use with the latest update installed.



To all of our loyal clients and friends - a special thank you for your continued support this year. We wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


 

New CryptoWall detected

A new version 4.0 of CryptoWall has been released and is infecting victims. It displays a redesigned HTML ransom note, new filenames, and now encrypts a file's name along with its data.

In summary, the new v4.0 release now encrypts file names to make it more difficult to determine important files, and has a new HTML ransom note that is even more arrogant than the last one.

CryptoWall 4.0 has the same installation characteristics and communication methods as previous versions. Once it has completed encrypting your files it will launch the ransom notes that explain what happened and how to purchase the decrypter. If you see this, immediately turn off your system and call us.

 

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