by BillP Studios
WinPatrol is a nice utility that monitors changes to key areas within Windows.
The following description come directly from the publisher's website.
WinPatrol uses a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signiture data files.
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Employee Manual to Prevent Cryptolocker and More
Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013
A common way computers are infected or compromised has always been a simple yet well thought out deception. It can happen to anyone and the use of social trickery is nothing new. Understanding the victim is all that’s needed to receive their cooperation.
Here’s a common example that has been used to infect computers with the crippling Cryptolocker extortion attack.
This Email from fake UPS is also tempting because you certainly wouldn’t want to miss anything. We all love packages.
The“From” address and even filename has been doctored to make it appear to be from within the company. If the company is large or you’re a new employee downloading and filling in this form may not seem suspicious. It’s not unusual for an attack to be targeted since information on officers and HR managers is easy to find.
It’s also common to see fake Emails from theBetter Business Bureau.In the U.K. there’sCompanies Housewhich registers and keeps track of companies for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Question Every Email
These phishing expeditions are common and effective in all countries. I generally question every Email even when it comes from someone I know. How many times have you received Email from friends saying they’ve been hacked? If you have any doubts just contact the sender or an official with the company sending the message. My bank has always thanked me for calling. They love to impress customers with their knowledge of security trends.
Curiosity Killed Your Job
It’s not unusual to receive messages which appear to be meant for someone else. More than a few attacks succeed because of human curiosity.
Speaking of curiosity, I’ll end with a newer version of a classic bait and steal scheme.
I’ve worked for companies where discussion of salaries could be cause for immediate termination. An ancient method for infiltrating a company involved dropping an infected floppy disks labeled something like “Employee Salaries” in public places. This “Baiting” is still used but relies on DVD’s, USB Flash drive or SD cards labeled as personal or secure data. Visitors often have access to rest rooms in secure areas. What they leave on top of a towel rack could be more dangerous than high explosives.
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