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Monthly Archives: November 2016

IMPORTANT RANSOMWARE ANNOUNCEMENT

We’ve had a rash of customers attacked by ransomware recently. Particularly the Locky ransomware, and previously the Cryptolocker attack.

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We want to urge all of you to have a backup plan in place and make sure you contact us if you need any help developing one. You can also make use of cloud backup services like Crashplan or the Dropbox Pro edition. Services like these offer recovery of previous versions of your files, so even if the ransomware overwrites ALL of  your files stored in the cloud – which we HAVE seen –  you can revert them back up to 30 days.  

Local backups like Time Machine or Windows Backup, where you backup data to an external hard drive or USB drive, can also become encrypted by ransomware if the backup drives are left connected to the computer all the time. This renders them useless as a restore-source-point for saving or getting back your files.

Please note: We have even seen cases where PAYING the ransom (often 1 Bitcoin, which currently = over $700 USD) does NOT release the ransomed data. They just take the money and disappear.

Our partner Drivesavers offers to negotiate ransom payments and does not charge you unless they recover/unlock your data.

Be alert, vigilant and have a plan – it will save you and your data in the long run!

Posted by admin in Uncategorized Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Do you know about: Boomerang?

Do you know about Boomerang? This tool is one we use here at computersWTF and also one we highly recommend to our clients. It’s very easy to use, and well worth the Pro paid upgrade. It’s been available for use with Gmail for years and now it’s also available for Outlook. It works with any Office 365 or Outlook.com (including live.com and Hotmail) accounts – OR Outlook 2013 or 2016 on PC.

Why do we love Boomerang? It lets you schedule an email to be sent – or to return to your inbox – at a later time, so you take full control of when you send and receive messages. To us, in this digital “must do now” world, it’s like a breath of fresh air to hit pause.

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Here’s an example: it’s 3 PM on Friday and you’ve just finished a report that you need to email a co-worker, but you don’t want it lost in weekend emails. Boomerang your email: Write it on Friday and schedule it for 9 AM Monday. Conversely, maybe you’re about to  leave work and a message arrives that you’d prefer to look at in the morning – just Boomerang it. You can also set conversations to Boomerang only if no one responds so that tracked items don’t get forgotten. Leave it up to Boomerang and relax knowing you’re taken care of.

Don’t just take our word for it, try it out. It’s available for iOS and Android, too. If you use Microsoft Office, or Gmail, you can download this free add-in as soon as… now.

Let Boomerang help you organize your email – trust us, you won’t regret it!


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