Here we are, talking about Viruses and Malware yet again. I promise to post about something else next time. But events are eventuating and we don’t want to leave you out of the loop. Here’s a roundup of the latest threats:
Adobe Flash Player Malware Attack
About a week ago Adobe issued an emergency update to its Flash player software. If you use the internet, you most likely have Flash Player on your computer. It’s the software that lets you watch silly cat videos and listen to music.
If you’ve been putting off doing updates, now is the time. Adobe discovered a vulnerability that was allowing ransomware into systems. Don’t wait until you get locked out of your computer. Update now.
The anti-malware company Malwarebytes reported on their blog that a hacker had gained control of a user’s iCloud account and then shut down the user’s devices. It’s a clever application of what is supposed to be a security feature, allowing users to lock down devices that are stolen. If a user can’t prove the device belongs to them, Apple won’t help unlock the device (so keep your receipts).
The moral of the story here is, use a secure password, the longer the better, and don’t use the same password across multiple accounts. Turn on two-factor authentication which prevents your account from being accessed unless its from a device you’ve designated.
Virus and Malware Protection
As always run antivirus and anti-malware programs, keep your software up to date, and regularly backup your system. When in doubt, call your local technical support team or contact Technology Solutions at 207-368-2880.