CrytoLocker raises its ugly head again

Written by Lindsey Hall. Posted in EasylifeIT™ News

It looks as though the virus CryptoLocker is on the loose again. You might recall we were particularly jumpy about this last year and we have seen another infection in our customer base today.

As per our advice last year, this is a particularly nasty and destructive virus; encrypting all your documents on your PC and potentially on your network drives also. Having done this, you are then presented with a demand for money; the source of which is not really to be trusted to do what they promise even if you do pay over.

The advice as always is:

  • Remember that antivirus is a shield, not a guarantee
  • No amount of protection can compensate for careless or curious browsing
  • Beware swapping USB sticks between computers you cannot be sure of
  • All users should be vigilant against suspicious looking emails or websites; especially any of you still using Windows XP.

For more information on CrytoLocker see the article from Sophos here

Consider changing your passwords online now

Written by Lindsey Hall. Posted in EasylifeIT™ News

It has become apparent that a major hole in the system that encrypts data on major websites has existed for 2 years. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and may have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years. Most providers have now applied a patch and closed this hole.


What sites and services have been affected though is not very clear; nor is the extent of the data exposure ..... if indeed there has been any at all ..., but we would recommend you consider changing your passwords on the following sites with immediate effect.

 

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Google & Gmail
  • Yahoo & Yahoo Mail
  • Dropbox
  • Amazon

LinkedIn,  which I know many of us use; does not appear to have been affected. It is not yet clear if Twitter has an issue.

For more information, see the article here from Mashable; which has a list which is being kept up to date

Safeguard your mobile device with EasylifeIT™ Mobile Protection

Written by Lindsey Hall. Posted in EasylifeIT™ News

On a weekly basis we hear from our customers of incidents where smartphones or tablets have been left on the back seats of taxis, restaurant tables or simply snatched out of their hand in the street; often never to be seen again. Setting aside the inconvenience of being without what has become a vital tool in our daily business lives; you should take a moment to think of the amount of data on these devices, and the damage or embarrassment exposure of that data could cause. EasylifeIT™ Mobile Protection is designed to address these concerns.


At the most basic level; we can wipe your misplaced or stolen iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet within minutes of the loss being reported. To assist you with insurance claims; we can also provide serial numbers, EMEI and SIM information to assist you in getting your replacement as quickly as possible. For those who are responsible for managing a large amount of devices we can support with enforcement of policies, policy based deployment of wireless, VPN, email and ActiveSync; saving you time and money.


EasylifeIT™ Mobile Protection is quick and easy to deploy via text or email and starts at just £1.00 per month per device.

EasylifeIT™ are proud to announce EasylifeIT™ Project Manager

Written by Lindsey Hall. Posted in EasylifeIT™ News

Whether you are looking to move offices, migrating to the cloud, implementing a new CRM or document management system; the chances are you have too much on your plate already to give the project the time it needs. Let us take the weight off your shoulders, while bringing years of cumulative experience and structured planning to ensure its success..
 
"Many companies launch into projects with limited technical knowledge or appreciation of how it may impact their systems. EasylifeIT™ brings over 40 years of cumulative experience in successfully planning and implementing IT systems and projects; also knowing how to avoid the associated risks and pitfalls,” said Lindsey Hall, Managing Director of EasylifeIT™
 
For more information on EasylifeIT™ Project Manager click here

EasylifeIT™ are a Cambridgeshire based business technology support company operating in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Yorkshire..

EasylifeIT™ appoints Project Manager

Written by Lindsey Hall. Posted in EasylifeIT™ News

In February 2014, Julia Elliott joined the EasylifeIT™ team as Project Manager. 

Julia has supported customers helping them with their information technology developments and challenges during a career spanning 18 years. She has been pivotal in the development of ever- changing NHS customers IT services, as Team leader rising to Head of IT in the NHS and more recently as a consultant with Serco. Fortunately, she hasn’t had to electronically tag anyone! Her role was in business development, project management and customer relations with the NHS Trusts contracted with Serco for their IT services.

Prior to working with the NHS, Julia ran a SME delivering IT training on Microsoft and Accounting products. The business developed in to providing IT training for the NHS where Julia set up a widely- accredited NHS IT Training service.  She has an Institute of IT Trainers accreditation and is Prince2 Practitioner qualified.

 

Lindsey Hall. EasylifeIT

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