Showing posts from January, 2020

Security Bulletin: Be wary of a Wix [Phishing] email that is being passed around.

Nerd Cave Security News for January 29th, 2020 Wix website users need to be on the alert for a "Phishing" email being passed around. I just received an email in my inbox indicating I needed to reset my Wix password.  I have a Wix account so I figured this would be important.  The thing that gave it away was the fact that the entire email was written in Ukrainian.  I went ahead and did a click-thru just to see what was on the other end.  The site didn't come up so I assume it's being blocked.  Never-the-less, I thought I should give you all a heads-up about this.  If you're going to reset your password for any website or service, I HIGHLY recommend you go directly to the website first via your web browser and reset the password.  NEVER use a click-thru link on an email you receive unless you're absolutely certain this email came from the website.  Such a case would be when you reset your password and the website actually informs you that you will rece

Secure and Easy Remote Access for your computer

Easily access your computer remotely using a secure Virtual Private Network over the Internet If you need access to another computer either from home or work (or anywhere), we have a service available to give you secure access to a remote computer over the internet.  You can access shared files and even your computer desktop if you like. Sharing files over the Internet: A Virtual Private Network (or VPN) is an encrypted connection between two computers or computer networks over the internet.  The computers are usually some distance apart which is why a VPN is used.  A VPN allows two computers to "pretend" they are connected together on the same local network.  Thus they can share files and other resources with each over the internet without the worry of having their traffic analyzed by prying eyes. Recently I set up and tested a cross-country VPN between California and Florida.  The service set up in very little time and worked flawlessly.  I was able to access

Security Bulletin: Latest exploits makes Windows and WordPress updates particularly urgent.

Nerd Cave Security News for January 16th, 2020 A Microsoft "crypto-spoofing" vulnerability allows attackers to make a malicious application look like it is from a trusted source. An "exploit" is a method of taking advantage of a vulnerability in a program, website or other system in order to make it do something it was not intended to do.  For example, a hacker could send a special command to a vulnerable website which gives them access to parts of the website they normally would not have access to. "Spoofing" is the process of making a malicious process look like a valid and trusted one.  For example, a malicious log-in web page can be made to look like a valid log-in page, thus fooling a user to enter their log-in credentials and exposing their password to hackers. Microsoft's latest "Patch Tuesday" security bulletin noted a vulnerability that would allow an attacker to submit false credentials for a malicious application

Security Bulletin: Ending Windows 7 support, infected phone apps, ransomeware and hacked encryption

And let's start the New Year off with... Ending Windows 7 support, infected phone apps, ransomeware, hacked encryption and tons of other things I can help you with... Microsoft officially ends support for Windows 7 TODAY. Microsoft has been announcing for some time it would be ending it's support for Windows 7.  Well, TODAY IS THE DAY! (and the final one).  On the upside, Google announced that it will be extending support for it's Chrome browser in Windows 7 for another 18 months.  There are also ways to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free.  For more information about Chrome support, click [here] .  For information about Windows 7 support and how to upgrade to Windows 10, click [here] . Google removes some 1,700 apps from the Play store. In an article on it was noted that Google has remove some 1,700 Android apps from the Play store due to a malware infection called "Joker" (also called "Bread").  Actually, the post