Updated 5 Google Apps Challenges

Going through my Google Drive resources folder I found this Google Slides with 5 challenges for Google Apps. The image for Google Forms was still green (instead of purple) so you know it was needing updating. Basic Challenges These challenges would be for those newer to G Suite. Add fonts to Google Docs. In Google […]

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Windows Defender Security definition problems

We’re hearing reports of problems with Definitions Update 1.289.15121.0, preventing scanning in Windows 7 and 8.0 virtual machines. Other OS versions are still being tested by @alqamar. Has your machine been affected by this definition update?

from AskWoody https://www.askwoody.com/2019/windows-defender-security-definition-problems/…

Google Docs: Check the Comments

Step 1 Click The Comments Icon When collaborating in a Google Doc, Sheets, or Slides all of the document comments are collected in one place. Next to the Share Button You will find the comments icon next to the Share button in Docs, Sheets, or Slides. It looks like a speech balloon with 3 lines. […]

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Woody’s Windows Watch: Seven Semper Fi – How to ride Win7 into the sunset

Humbug. The Windows “experts” who say that you should throw away your Win7 machine because it’s too old are just out of touch. Ain’t broke, don’t fix. Yes, there are security reasons for moving to Win10, but if you’re careful, you may be able to beat the Grim Redmond Reaper. I’m going with you on […]

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LangaList: Win10’s new winver alternative, jv16 PowerTools, hard drive somnambulance

Fred Langa’s back with a detailed exploration of three readers’ questions: Comparing the traditional winver command (which shows you details about your Windows version) with the new Win10 about command (which offers much more) Does the venerable jv16 PowerTools still offer features that you can use? Why an external hard drive keeps nodding off All […]

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Just don’t use WinRAR, OK?

I’ve been trying to avoid this topic, but it now appears to be engulfing the blogosphere. If you use WinRAR, you were suckered. I’ve never recommended it. But if for some reason you’ve installed it — or even paid for it — uninstall it and get something worthwhile (and free!) like 7-Zip or one of […]

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Do You Have A Security Strategy To Protect Your Backups?

It’s not enough to back up data. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee total protection. Even if backups are hidden away in the network, you should never eliminate the thought of losing data.

The question you should ask yourself is this. Is the network safe enough to protect backups? If you think it is, then good for you. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from creating a security strategy to protect backups.

One sure way to avoid total data loss is to protect the network itself. With advanced persistent threats continuously progressing, no network is safe. That is scary.

Ransomware is one of the advanced persistent threats to networks these days. It stays quiet and undetected within the network. Eventually it steals data so that the ransom writer can sell it back to the owner. It’s simple extortion that could put any company out of business in no time.

There has been a tactical pivot in ransomware. It seems that ransomware writers have realized that large organizations have lots of money, and some do not have the best protection against infections. Newer ransomware is behaving as an advanced persistent threat, a piece of malware that tries to stay undetected in your network for some time to do the maximum amount of damage.

The APT will usually spread through your network, infecting as many computers as possible. Often, the malware will try to connect to a command-and-control server over the internet to report the progress of the infection and await the command to attack.

(Via: https://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/tip/How-to-protect-backups-from-ransomware-infiltration)

Unfortunately, these days the use of command and control or C &C server is evolving to do more damage to the network. It stays silent and undetected in the background so that it could have access to the network for a very long time, eventually endangering computers and backups.

A ransomware APT attack may start by stealthily spreading itself through your network and infecting all of your computers. It will then seek out file-based backups and valuable but older files to encrypt. The aim is to get as much of your infrastructure infected and encrypted — over a period of weeks or months — before you are alerted and can protect backups from ransomware. By slowly encrypting files, the ransomware is making the process of recovering from backups slow and expensive, perhaps more costly than paying the ransom. Once the infection is complete, and your backups contain a mix of encrypted and clean files, then it is time to detonate the ransomware. All of the infected machines will suddenly encrypt recently used files, and your applications will stop working.

Because the APT ransomware has been in the network for weeks before it detonates, it probably has been