Ransomware infects computers around the world in another major attack

Yet again… Let this be a reminder to update your CryptoPrevent program! Contact me if you need help. Get it at:  www.computertamers.ca/download

A major ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at hospitals in the U.S., at Russia’s biggest oil company, the country’s banks, Ukraine’s international airport as well as global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and global pharmaceutical company Merck.

A major ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at hospitals in the U.S., at Russia’s biggest oil company, the country’s banks, Ukraine’s international…

Apple / Mac / iTunes users please read this message re scams!

This message is from Patrick Castel, a local Apple / Mac expert. Please pay attention to this message, which could affect anyone using iTunes.

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If you have been targeted by hacker pretending to be Apple and sending you this type of email, It is a hoax.

They are trying to get some info from you in order to hack your Apple account (AppStore / iTunes Store) or even hack your bank accounts or credit cards.

Apple,Yahoo, Rogers or Bell will NEVER send you an email,
they will simply BLOCK your access forcing
you to initiate contact and reestablishing your connection.
In my case, by using a software called MAIL DETECTIVE, I could see that the hacker is located in Australia
Another way around to check if the email is legit,
is to place your cursor on top of the link where it says CHECK HERE TO CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT.
DO NOT CLICK, after a few seconds the real identity of the sender will be revealed by Mail.
For those using an iPhone or iPad, keep pressing on the link with your finger
to reveal the sender and then slide away from the link.
 
 
The provided link will bring you to a bogus Apple page such as the one below
 
 
Again, it looks real, but is is NOT.
 
Now, if you have been caught, log into all your compromised accounts
(Apple, credit cards, bank) and change right away your passwords,
in some cases, you might have to change your User ID.
 
It is a pain in the neck, but you have no choice…
 
Pat Castel
Apple System Engineer

Bell breach may have exposed over 1 million (more) email addresses to phishing and spam

To check if your account has been “Pwned”, check out https://haveibeenpwned.com/ – if so, change your password!

According to one estimate, 60 per cent of the leaked email addresses haven’t appeared in prior data breaches, giving attackers a potential source of new data.

URGENT – Protect your computer NOW – Worldwide cyberattack described as ‘unprecedented’ affects more than 150 countries

Background information is below, but please take these two steps now!
1) PLEASE install and/or update CryptoPrevent as the best way we have to try to prevent ransomware attacks! Get it at my website, where there is information & a Download link, at
Check for updates every few days, as this ransomware is evolving! Open CryptoPrevent, click on “Updates”, then on Check for Updates”. It will run a check in a little window, then let you know if there are updates available. If so, approve the updates!
2) You should also​ check for Windows Updates, as this latest ransomware takes advantage of a flaw in even old versions of Windows. Although Microsoft patched the vulnerability in March, the ransomware preys on older systems, like those at National Health Service hospitals in England, which heavily rely on Windows XP.


BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER FIRST!!

To update Windows, click on the Start menu, and then the Search box. Enter “Check for Windows Updates” in the box, and find the link, then check for updates. 

And, of course, keep your antivirus and antimalware programs updated, too! 
As always, if you need help, please contact us.

​Background info on this newest ransomware attack: