CryptoLocker Is The Nastiest Malware Ever & Here’s What You Can Do…

CryptoLocker is a ransomware program that was released around the beginning of September 2013. Read on for a free prevention program I recommend you install.

“Ransomware is an especially odious type of malware. The way it works is simple. Your computer will be infected with some malicious software. That software then renders your computer entirely unusable, sometimes purporting to be from local law enforcement and accusing you of committing a computer crime or viewing explicit pictures of children. It then demands monetary payment, either in the form of a ransom or a ‘fine’ before access to your computer is returned.
Horrible, isn’t it? Well, get ready to meet CryptoLocker; the evil patriarch of the Ransomware family.”


This is a potentially serious infection that can be prevented, free of charge​, for all Windows XP to 8​. After installing, be sure to click ‘Apply’, then ’Test’, and it should confirm it is installed correctly, then Restart the computer.

Download the fix at​:  ​

As always, if you need help,​ with this or anything else,​ please contact us.
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Heartbleed bug – what you should do NOW

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode.

For an in-depth explanation of what exactly Heartbleed is, and what it does, read this post by CNET’s Stephen Shankland. In essence, the bug potentially exposed your username and password on sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more.

The Canadian banks report their sites were not vulnerable, though the federal government is. For that reason, Revenue Canada has disabled their system including all efiling of taxes. If you are late filing because of this, there will not be a penalty.

Use passwords that are longer than 8 characters, contain upper and lower case, numbers and symbols (such as ! * etc). You can choose one good password and alter it for each site. DO NOT leave your passwords written near your computer. I recommend the use of Lastpass ( as a safe, free, secure password manager. I use it myself.
The following list is being updated often by CNET. Check the latest list for status of websites at
Site Qualys Confirmation from site
Google Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
Facebook Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
YouTube Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
Yahoo! Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
Amazon Pass Was not vulnerable
Wikipedia Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
LinkedIn Pass Was not vulnerable
eBay Pass Was not vulnerable
Twitter Pass Was not vulnerable
Craigslist Pass Awaiting response
Bing Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended
Pinterest Pass Awaiting response
Software running at NCF was not vulnerable to the bug.

As always, let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Updates: You can also check this site for passwords that need changing now:

You’re going to see all kinds of e-mails soon about magic solutions to all your Heartbleed problems. They’ll probably all be spam either bearing malware or pointing you to sites that contain malware. There’s no quick fix for Heartbleed.

Windows XP still works! You do NOT have to upgrade

Windows XP still works!

Don’t be mislead by reports about support ending – it’s meaningless. I’ve long advocated that people turn off Windows updates, as they often caused more problems. As long as you keep your anti-virus and anti-malware programs updated, XP will serve you well for years to come. 🙂

​​However, DO NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER ON ANY XP MACHINE​. I recommend either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

For info on what programs I recommend, check our website at – click on the “Security” & “Helpful Info” buttons

Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe

Choosing more secure passwords will help keep your identity safe on the internet. This article and the companion video will show you how to create secure, easy-to-remember passwords.

Think of this as your annual reminder to change them up. Passwords are an important part of staying secure online, but they’re not always easy to come up with (or remember). Luckily, Mozilla has a few ideas you might find helpful.

You can also check out