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Increased Ransomware Activity – Email Best Practices

CentraComp Customers, Over the last few days, we have seen quite a few reports of Phishing scams that are leading to Ransomware being installed on computers, laptops, and servers.  The most aggressive Phishing attempts have been discussed as e-gift cards being sent from what appears to be a known friend or colleague. As a reminder, you should always be suspicious of emails, even when received from someone you know.  Always make sure the ‘From’ address is correct, and always hover [...]

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 End of Support Announcement  Starting on January 14th, 2020, Centracomp will no longer support Windows 7 machines under our normal support agreement. Why are we doing this? Microsoft stopped mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015.   That means there have been no platform updates since then, and even security patches have been limited.  Starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop producing security patches too.  This will mean that any device running Windows 7 will be [...]

Spectre and Meltdown – A Brief Explanation

CentraComp Customers, Last week, you may have seen news headlines regarding computer processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, ARM, and Qualcomm.  This was a result of the discovery of a major design flaw in the way almost all processors handle data.  If exploited, an attacker could gain access to sensitive data. More Information From The Guardian Serious security flaws that could let attackers steal sensitive data, including passwords and banking information, have been found in processors designed by Intel, AMD and [...]

Reminder About Phishing Scams

CentraComp Customers, If you are like the majority of people that use email today, you probably have two or more email accounts.  Email is becoming a critical way of doing business and it is part of almost every company’s BAU.  Battling things like email phishing requires a strong defense, both with user behavior and system controls. Most of us that use email on a regular basis are getting smarter when it comes to phishing emails!  Not only that, but with [...]

WannaCry Ransomware

CentraComp Customers, It has been a busy month for cyber criminals!  There is a new threat spreading across the internet that we want to make you aware of.  This one, referred to as “WannaCry”, has the ability to spread across servers, laptops, and PCs automatically!  In other words, it does not require a user to click on anything; it just spreads! Once a machine is infected, all files get encrypted.  This includes locally stored files and files on the network.  [...]

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