Apple iOS hacks – What to worry about, ATT Software Unlock – only if you subscribed to this service

September 21st, 2015 by EKG Networking

Monday morning September 21, 2015 and there are new things to pay attention to.

First the Apple iOS hack:  You only need to worry if you installed any of the listed applications.  Basically what allegedly happened is some hackers created a version of Xcode (software developers used for Apple products) and uploaded it.  Other developers then created real apps using this hacked code which managed to make its way through the Apple Store onto devices.  Please review the list, if you have any of the listed apps, uninstall them and then change your apple id password after.

http://lifehacker.com/hundreds-of-legitimate-ios-app-store-apps-infected-by-m-1732035828

Second ATT software unlock:  This one only applies if you have unlocked your ATT phone using a software service.  Three employees of AT&T are alleged to have been paid to install software on AT&T’s network which allowed another company to unlock phones from people who subscribed to their service.

For more information see:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2984863/smartphones/att-malware-secretly-unlocked-hundreds-of-thousands-of-phones.html?phint=newt%3Dcomputerworld_security&phint=idg_eid%3D4cac16ea93a1ce4f1d7271a77ca6e69b#tk.CTWNLE_nlt_security_2015-09-21

Review your apps and uninstall anything you no longer use.

Happy Monday!

Business After Hours – Visit EKG Networking, Details Framing and MegaWatt Stereo

August 20th, 2015 by EKG Networking

Come visit us at EKG Networking next Wednesday August 26 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at our offices at 91 Granger Blvd to find out more about the businesses located in this plaza.  Details Framing will help you frame memories instead of leaving them in a box.  MegaWatt Stereo can get you ready for winter with a remote starter or better sound system.  EKG Networking can handle your business technology needs.

As we head into fall come and celebrate our county fair theme with food provided by Buffet Way Catering and participate in a scavenger hunt to have a chance at winning fun prizes.

Refreshments provided by the Prospector with two complimentary tickets given at check in.

To register http://marlboroughchamber.org/event/bah-august-26-2015/

 

Windows 10 – Microsoft will NOT send you an email with an attachment – Scams to watch out for

August 5th, 2015 by EKG Networking

With the current release of Windows 10, there are many people willing and ready to upgrade from their previous Operating system.  Many loyal Windows users were not too happy about the Windows 8 model and were looking for something better.  Microsoft decided it was time to cater to what the people wanted when they developed Windows 10, and it shows.

Desktop users can rest assured knowing their once familiar settings are back in an updated Operating System.  This new system caters to not only the desktop user, but also the tablet and the phone user.

With a new Operating System, comes new threats to compromise it.  Unfortunately, there are programmers out there that have already created a new threat that targets the new Operating system.

It comes in the form of email that seems legitimately from Microsoft, but is most definitely not.

Once you double-click on the attached file that is included within the email, you will become infected with the ransomware software.

If you have reserved the Windows 10 upgrade, you will be notified by the small Windows icon in the lower right hand toolbar by the clock.  Microsoft will NOT send you an email with an attachment in it.

Always being on your guard is a good way to think of it.

Here is a link to an article that explains everything in a more involved manor.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/585105/ctb-locker-ransomware-being-pushed-by-fake-windows-10-update-emails/

– Daniel Grimm

Microsoft 2015 Partner Network

June 19th, 2015 by EKG Networking

One must toot one’s own horn occasionally.  Especially when pretty signs arrive in the mail.

Commitment to creating and delivering innovative customer solutions and services based on Microsoft Technologies.

Commitment to creating and delivering innovative customer solutions and services based on Microsoft Technologies.

Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade – That little white flag in the lower right hand corner that just appeared.

June 9th, 2015 by EKG Networking

As many of you are aware, Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 on July 29th.  They will make it available for free for all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to all “non-enterprise” users.  In fact, many of you may have noticed a white Microsoft flag logo appearing near your clock announcing that fact. If you click on the icon, you can sign up for the free upgrade when it is release.  Microsoft will make the free upgrade available for one year.  After that time, you will have to pay for the upgrade.

There are some caveats regarding the release.  First, windows users that use a Domain server are not prompted with the Windows flag.  This is because their upgrades will be managed by their server administrators.  Also, not all versions of Windows 7/8 are eligible for the free upgrade.  Many of our customers have purchased Windows 7/8 via 3rd parties such as Techsoup.  It is unclear whether these licenses are eligible.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to make the Windows 10 release available to its partners.  So, testing has not been done on this new version. So, its compatibility with existing software and its reliability has yet to be determined by EKG Networking.  Also, we cannot test the upgrade process itself. Or, whether the upgrade can be undone.

Our advice regarding the upgrade is to sign up for the free upgrade if you are prompted via the white Microsoft flag logo.  However, do not install it when Windows 10 is released.  Wait.
There is no reason to upgrade right away other than curiosity.  If you upgrade close to release date, you will be one of thousands who might have problems all at the same time.  Also, some of these problems might not have solutions right away.  So, wait.

Many of you use specialty software that may not be compatible with Windows 10 and may never be compatible.  The compatibility of the software you rely upon needs to be confirmed with the manufacture of that software.  You also have to make sure that your specific version of your software is compatible.  Some older versions may never be tested. Some manufactures have already announced which versions of their software they have tested. However, some have not.  If a manufacture has not announced their compatibility with Windows 10, wait to do the upgrade.

EKG Networking will give the all clear when we are comfortable the upgrade will do no harm.  However, we may have to approve the upgrade on a case-by-case basis.  Since we cannot test it, we cannot say for sure at this time.

Remember when we spoke of this? Backing up your computer.

March 3rd, 2015 by EKG Networking

At EKG Networking, we always speak about having two backup plans.  One internal onsite backup and one offsite disaster recovery backup.

Well today’s Wall Street Journal validates one of the companies we use and sing the praises of, Crashplan Pro.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-way-to-back-up-your-computer-1425404466?mod=WSJ_hppMIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

Take a read and give us a call to discuss the best ways to structure your business backup.

 

Winter Storms – To shutdown or not to shutdown your systems that is the question?

January 26th, 2015 by EKG Networking

Welcome to New England, where wait a minute it’s 60 degrees one day and 12 degrees the next.  As we head into a somewhat legendary snow storm, we are being asked “should I shut down my server and unplug it or not?”  For this storm, we are keeping our systems on.  We have battery backups as most of our clients do which will take the hit in the event of power outage and shut down the server safely.  We have one client who is located in the woods and with the amount of wind expected it made sense for them to shut down for the largest part of the storm.

If you  have any questions, please contact us at the office.

Thank you and happy snow storm.

EKG Networking, Inc.

 

 

CryptoWall 2.0 Things you can do to prevent

November 6th, 2014 by EKG Networking

Well another version of CryptoWall has reared it’s ugly head and we do mean ugly.  The only way around this is restoring a backup or paying the ransom.  Please do not pay the ransom, this only encourages this kind of activity.

NOTE:  No NON BUSINESS browsing, please communicate this to your staff.

Our new tech Daniel Grimm updated this post with the help of the awesome people over at Bleepingcomputer.com

As many of you know, there has been a virus known as “Crypto-Ransomware or CryptoWall” that has been spreading throughout people’s computers over the past several months.  It has come to our attention there is a newer version of the virus out.  We are trying to spread awareness in reference to this, and have a list of preventative strategies and methods you can use to protect yourselves and help mitigate the risk of these types of Malware.
1.    Backup your computer every night!  Also create an offsite backup.  We like Crashplan Pro by Code42, or Mozy Pro.
2.    Make sure you have an anti-virus program installed and updated
3.    Become educated on what you should and should not do on the Internet.
4.    Use Software Restriction Policies or CryptoPrevent to make it so the malware files cannot launch

NOTE:  As of this writing, only Maximum settings which is in Beta will possibly prevent the infection from spreading.  Please keep this in mind before installing.

Here is a link to the latest version of CryptoPrevent: http://download.foolishit.com/CryptoPreventSetup.exe
Follow the wizard.  Once completed, it will ask you to launch the program, which you want to do.  It will ask you 2 questions, both of which you should say “No” to.  This is what the program should look like once it is opened.  The proper setting should be set to “Default”, and once that is done then you will need to click the Apply button.  It will ask you a question about whitelists, which you need to click “Yes” to.  The computer will need to be restarted for it to fully take effect.  Upon the restart, it will show you a message saying it was successful!

Hopefully preventing CryptoWall

Hopefully preventing CryptoWall

To read more information about CryptoWall:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/552103/updated-cryptowall-20-ransomware-released-that-makes-it-harder-to-recover-files/

 

 

 

Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Vulnerability

May 2nd, 2014 by EKG Networking

Referencing our previous post, Microsoft has made available an update to fix the Internet Explorer vulnerability in all versions including Windows XP.

To apply this update or check if it was applied, please do the following:

Make sure to save and close all open work before beginning.

Windows XP

Start
All Programs
Windows Update
NOTE: It may ask you to install an ActiveX Addon underneath the upper portion of the screen, this is okay to do.
Select Custom

The below should appear:

Microsoft Internet Explorer Update fix

Microsoft Internet Explorer Update fix

If it is already installed, there will be no updates.

Install the update and restart the computer.

Windows 7

Start
All ProgramsWindows Update
Select the Important Update –
Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for “xxxxx” based systems

Install and restart the system

Internet Explorer Vulnerability – Best Practices

April 30th, 2014 by EKG Networking

The current Internet Explorer vulnerability allows the information on your computer to be exposed when it connects to a hijacked website.  It is not clear whether or not you actually have to agree to download software to allow this access.

Regardless, it is known that the connection to your computer takes place via the Adobe Flash add-on.  Regardless of whether your system is Windows XP or not, you can bypass this issue by:

1)    Not using Internet Explorer.  Options are:
Chrome
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

Firefox
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

2)    Disabling the Adobe Flash within Internet Explorer
a.    Click the Tools menu or the sprocket on the right if you do not have a Tools menu
b.    Select “Manage Add-Ons”
c.    Change Show: from “Currently loaded add-ons” to “All add-ons”
d.    Locate and left-click “Shockwave Flash Object”
e.    Click “Disable” in the lower-right corner
f.    Click Close
g.    If you have a legitimate web site that requires Flash, you can turn it back on by repeating steps a though d and clicking “Enable”.  Just remember to disable again it when done.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer Tools AddOns

Microsoft Internet Explorer Tools AddOns

The best advice we can give is not to worry about each individual security breach that is reported.  Every company needs to setup best practices with their employees.

Make sure everyone understands business use for the computers.  Using your systems for business use and being diligent all the time will definitely limit your companies exposure to bugs and hacks.