For internet and PC users there are always new threats to be aware of online. One of the newer malware viruses CryptoLocker, is a particularly nasty threat you should be aware of. Here you can learn how the virus works and what steps you can take to protect your data from being lost.
How Does CryptoLocker Work?
This particular type of virus is known as ransomware. The virus locks important files or systems on your computer and then requests that you pay a ransom to unlock the files. CryptoLocker is leading the way in a new resurgence of this type of virus.
The virus presents itself as a downloadable attachment in an email that you have to manually open. Once it is on your computer it will target a number of different types of extensions and then encrypt the file using a public key. From there it prompts you letting you know that the files have been encrypted and that a payment must be made in order to decrypt the files.
How You Can Prevent the Virus
There are several steps you can take to prevent something like this from happening to you. Be proactive and make sure you are thoroughly checking your emails and that you are only opening attachments from senders you know and trust.
It is a great idea to back up your data as well. If you are regularly backing up your data and do somehow become infected, you can easily wipe your hard drive and start over. You should also learn what to do if become infected. Have an action plan to limit the virus’ chance of spreading to other systems.
For more information on technology troubleshooting, avoiding IT problems or general tech questions contact our Microsoft certified technicians at Proactive Networks online today. We are a Microsoft registered partner proudly serving the greater Pasadena and Orange, CA areas.
When people are at work, they like to do things their own way as much as possible. Individual companies also like to save as much as they can. Many companies are turning to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a supposed win-win solution. Employees feel less restricted than they do on company issued laptops or other mobile devices, and companies are relieved of the extra expense of maintaining and monitoring these devices.
But BYOD is far from a foolproof solution. Issues can arise such as the inability to monitor web usage or other time wasting factors. Tech questions can be harder to field because there isn’t an IT department handy to help with technology troubleshooting. Individuals often don’t have the level of security on their device that a business really needs to protect its intellectual property. And if a device is lost, stolen or breaks even more IT problems can result.
If your company does decide to implement a Bring Your Own Device policy, it is important that any potentially compromising scenarios are addressed before they happen and that a plan is put in place. But often, an individual company just doesn’t have the resources to deal with these types of tech questions on their own, or even identify them.
When it comes to ironing out various IT problems, whether a company has a BYOD policy or not Proactive Networks has proved to be a satisfactory solution for many businesses. It introduces a neutral party into the mix that can prevent a lot of potential problems. Proactive Networks is experienced with a wide variety of devices and is a Microsoft registered partner and have Microsoft certified experts on hand to answer questions and help find practical solutions. Proactive Networks can manage your IT services and provide online backup for your data and support for your employees and you. To learn more about how Proactive Networks can help your business, schedule a free technology review today.
You’ve probably heard about Windows 8 and wonder: “Is this new operating system right for me?” The answer isn’t simple.
This edition of Windows was designed from the ground up to work for today’s computer needs. This means it works seamlessly on tablets as well as standard computers. While this is great for many users, the changes have made it a bit complex for those who are used to the “old” versions of Windows.
The biggest reason that many people choose to switch to a new version of Windows is that they want to stay compatible with new products. As time goes by, more and more software will be developed exclusively for Windows 8, so it may be harder to stick with the older versions. No matter which option you choose, make sure the product you choose is Microsoft certified–so you are sure to be able to use the product for years to come.
Whether you decide that upgrading is right for you, or you choose to stick with your other operating system, we want to help you. In addition to being a Microsoft registered partner, we can help you with technology troubleshooting, tech questions, and general IT problems. If you are in the Pasadena, California area call or contact us at Proactive Networks today and let us help!
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Business systemization may be what your business needs to increase profits and productivity. It also increase employee job satisfaction while reducing expenses. Business systemization is the process used to organize everything, including documents. Once completed, all employees understand how things are accomplished, eliminating confusion and increasing productivity.
Tips for systemization includes:
- Do not do it yourself, involve others.
- Create an objective.
- Develop operating and working procedures.
- Keep things simple, but tweak things that are not working.
- Stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
The use of different programs, including filing systems, screen shot and calendar programs assist businesses with their overall systemization process. These programs can help organize operations and as long as they are properly used and all working procedures are followed, things will remain organized. An organized business eliminates wasted time searching for items not properly filed. Through systemization, employees will be trained on how things are to be organized and how to properly follow new procedures.
For all of your IT problems in the Pasadena, California area contact Proactive Networks, a Microsoft registered partner. Our Microsoft certified agents are waiting to help answer your tech questions and technology troubleshooting.