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January 14, 2014
We normally do not panic about new virus alerts, but this one has caught a lot of attention because of the potential destruction.
The links in this page are safe, but are a perfect example of how viruses spread through email. Do not trust unknown links (except for this). One way to verify links are by hovering over with your mouse, the destination address should appear in the bottom left corner of the browser window.
What does this virus do?When this virus infects a system, it immediately encrypts the user's data and possibly the data on any external drives (such as USB/thumb drives) or network share drives to which the machine is currently connected. Once the data has been encrypted, the virus prompts the user to pay money ($300) by a specified deadline to decrypt the data. If there is no response before the deadline, the key to decrypt files specific to the encrypted machine is destroyed. Once the files are encrypted there are no other alternatives EXCEPT to recover the data from an offline backup. Read more here
Will your Antivirus program protect you?At this time, both Vipre and other major antivirus vendors have updated signatures to this virus and prevent its infection. However, they do NOT not have a way to decrypt the files once they have been encrypted. It is critical that you keep your antivirus active and updated daily. They are still not 100% fool proof, and the best defense is user education and excessive caution when opening email attachments or files downloaded from the internet.
What you can do to protect your computer and your data?
What should I do if I get infected?
What should I do at home?
What about other devices?At this point Linux, Apple and Android computers and devices are not affected.
Cloud storage such as Dropbox, Google drive, etc. can be affected by this and other viruses if an infected computer is synchronized.
January 28, 2012
We have replaced the ticketing system with a new osTicket powered system. Although you should only notice slight differences, this new system will not contain any of your past ticket history.
As always, the ticket system is available at barnonedesign.com/ticket
The ticket history is still available here: Ticket Archives
We have also developed a new ticket creation form that we hope will simplify new requests. This is available at barnonedesign.com/help Please bookmark this link for future requests
This new form should also work well from smart phones:
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