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GoDaddy - why you should NEVER use them ......

For almost 10 years we have hosted client websites with GoDaddy, but since Bob Parsons sold out to a bunch of investors who know NOTHING about domains or hosting (only about advertising and making huge profits) the service level has dropped to well below what should be acceptable in today's day and age.

Many clients have lost business, had irreparable damage done to their reputations and business goals and instead received poor, or a total lack of support from this global company. 

As developers it is frustrating to be berated and belittled by idiots on customer service telephones who are scripted and believe everyone is a monkey and knows nothing about the ser ....

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Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'

Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'. Fortunately Spain has seen less than 150 reported attacks, but as this 'application' spreads, this figure will rise. 

Because Cryptolocker is almost impossible to crack, it is more important that you back up your personal files on a regular basis. Use a good, strong Anti-Virus program, and make sure it is a well-known and verified company. There are many so-called Anti-Virus packages on the internet that are no use - with some even considered to be malware themselves. Avast and AVG are still at the top of the list, and both companies offer FREE versions.

Don't pay the demands!
Paying the demand ....

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Windows XP open to exploitation

Researchers have found that computers running Windows XP are more likely to be affected by the latest cyber attacks, including Cryptolocker. 

Cryptolocker is a ransomware which is capable of encrypting files on an infected computers hard drive. Cryptolocker uses 1024 and 2048 bit encryption keys, making it impossible to decrypt an infected computer. Although Windows XP is more vulnerable, all versions of Windows are susceptible to this malware.

A statement released by UK Police states that Tens of millions of internet users could be at ....

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Royal Mail Scam & Virus Alert

Out today is a new Scam eMail purporting to come from The Royal Mail. Each message comes with a virus attached, and early indications are that it has a malicious payload.

The messages appear to be being sent to registered users at Adobe (Their eMail address database was compromised some weeks ago), though I have had several variances of addressee ... ie: 'adobe', 'adobecs', 'adobecs3' & 'adobecs5'

The message subject is: 'Lost or Missing package'

And the Messag ....

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Dual screen e-ink Smartphones to be sold in Spain

A smartphone with two screens - one of which uses e-ink technology and is "always on" - has been A smartphone with two screens - one of which uses e-ink technology and is "always on" - has been launched.

The Russian company Yota said the phone would go on sale online immediately in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany.

The Android-powered phone promises to extend battery life by transferring web pages and other applications to the e-ink screen.

Experts said it may prove attractive to users fed up with drained batteries.

The phone has one LCD display, similar to those found on other smartphones, and a second e-ink screen which the company says ....

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Social media users warned over court case comments

There is a public misconception that the internet is somehow a free speech zone to which the criminal and civil law does not apply. That is being corrected.

The British attorney general has taken action against three men who used Twitter and Facebook to publish photographs purporting to be of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the murderers of the toddler James Bulger, as grown- ups. They breached a worldwide injunction preventing publication of any material that could identify the two killers.


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Stolen Facebook and Yahoo passwords dumped online

More than two million stolen passwords used for sites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo and other web services have been posted online.

The details had probably been uploaded by a criminal gang, security experts said.

It is suspected the data was taken from computers infected with malicious software that logged key presses.

It is not known how old the details are - ....

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Adobe & McAfee

A current Adobe Flash Player update automatically installs McAfee Security Scan software on your computer. Trouble is, if you run 2 concurrent Anti-Virus software applications simultaneously, rather than doubling your security, the two applications can often counter-effect each other, and leave you with no real defence against virus and malware attack.

If you have recently updated your Adobe Flash player and already have Anti-Virus software installed, please un-install the 'free' McAfee Security Scan Plus.

The image below shows McAfee being downloaded and installed without the option to say no.

Be safe!


PayPal Payment Alerts

There have been several scam/fake/phishing PayPal alerts circulating by eMail recently. The alert confirms a successful payment which will be news to you. It is often for an amount under 100€ and to a person or company with a fake ID. 

Beware
If you click the 'view transaction details' link in the email, it will take you to a fake PayPal login page (which looks just like the real thing) where you are asked to enter your username and password. The page then loads and tells you there was a problem logging you in. 

Now that the fraudsters have your login details, they will empty your PayPal account, and may make several transfers out of you ....

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Recent gMail hacks

A spate of gMail accounts being hacked has emerged over the last few days.

Hackers are reportedly clearing out users address book entries, and sending eMails to everyone in the address book with a request for help due to a theft of documents. There are several variations to the theme, but in each of them there is a request for money.

Sources claim that anyone replying to these eMails may be more likely to be attacked, though there is as yet insufficient evidence to support this claim.

This is a stark reminder that free online eMail services are a threat to ones personal security. Big business is always a 'valid' target in the eyes of a hacker/attacker. Getting 'one over' a large successful business ....

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Ransomware - BEWARE!

The Ukash/Moneypak 'police' virus is rearing its ugly head again. This time it has mutated in an attempt stop the removal of the infection.

What looks like a demand from the Policía Nacional is a trap to get you to pay a substantial 'fine' to avoid arrest & prosecution. The demand usually alleges that you have illicit material on your computer, and hopes that this will shock you into parting with money. Sadly if you do, your card details are at risk of further exploitation, so please do not attempt to pay this demand. Payment does not necessarily remove this infection either, so you could be paying twice to have your computer back up and running.

"If the Policía Nacional really were interested in you they w ....

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A very annoying Virus - BEWARE

The frequent occurrence of the Cuerpo Nacional de Policia 'virus' on client computers is becoming a bit of a worry, especially as the majority of infected users are using WindowsXP. Unfortunately this 'virus' will not let you boot up in 'Safe Mode', so it is virtually impossible for the average user to remove this fake 'virus'

Whatever you do, do not attempt to pay the ransom fee for your alleged 'misdemeanour'. If you have, contact your Bank immediately to stop the transaction, and to cancel your card.
Some victims have reported several transactions taking place over a period of time once the fraudsters have you ....

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A new look for 2013!

We're updating our website to include more features, and to showcase our services better. We hope you like the new look, and as always, comments and suggestions are very welcome.

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