And another new version of ransomware – Jigsaw

New ransomware variant Jigsaw deletes files as it waits for payment “A new ransomware program dubbed Jigsaw encrypts users’ files and then begins to progressively delete them until the victim pays the equivalent of $150 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency,” Computerworld reports. Discovered by BleepingComputer.com and disclosed in a blog post, Jigsaw “deletes one file after the first hour has…

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Ransomware virus is alive and unwell

A new version of ransomware called “locky” has become active.The end result hasn’t changed – all your document files etc will be encrypted and you must pay a ransom to”buy” the encryption key to recover them. Backup regularly!! This has been, is now, and will be in the future the best, cheapest way to recover…

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File Backups vs Imaging Backups

Weapons of Choice: When to Use File Backups vs Imaging Backups Pretty much any contemporary backup solution you find is going to allow you to perform backups both at the image level, and at the file level.  But when will each backup type best suit the kind of data you’re looking to protect? Right off the…

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Is your television spying on you

The term “Orwellian” is referred to a lot these days. It’s defined on Wikipedia as a “societal condition” that is “destructive to the welfare of a free and open society.” Anyone who keeps up to date with what’s going on in the world of IT privacy and security will understand the word’s current pervasiveness in…

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What is your password?

A deeper dive into the passwords from the recent Gmail leak reveal some interesting psychology on why we choose the passwords we do. For one thing, the generated passwords are very easy to spot when you take a look at the data, because they’re so rare. That means most of us are still creating our…

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Sales luck?

Sales coach Paul Kenny of Ocean Learning asked the conference attendees, point blank, if they ever made a sale purely based on luck. The show of hands was significant. “Sometimes,” he said, “you go out there and you were the least-worst option.” He also offered this powerful pointer: “If you don’t really know why you…

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Web filtering and monitoring – Yes or No

Monitoring and filtering Web use isn’t just about controlling and micro-managing staff. Consider the following: 1. Staff “abuse” of the Internet can have consequences that go beyond the fact that businesses are paying employees to waste company time. If staff use the Web for immoral or illegal purposes, the legal implications could have an effect…

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The Benefits of Blogging

The real benefit of blogging is that it teaches you to effectively articulate your thoughts and points better. It’ll make you a better salesmen, a better speaker, a better party guest! It’s easy to get started blogging – web-sites such as WordPress.com or Blogger.com allow you to quickly and easily setup a blog and get…

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Eat your own dogfood

Credibility. It’s something that any salesperson in any business needs to have with his prospective client. Without credibility, making the sale is an uphill struggle and some might say, impossible. For any business, credibility with a prospective client is earned in a number of ways. Showing knowledge and expertise with a product or service. Demonstrating…

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