A New Type Of Malware

You have by now noticed the continued news about cyber attacks on businesses, governments and individuals across the globe. The attacks and consequences vary, from stolen identities, to forged documents or encrypted files. Depending upon the ultimate motives of the attacking cyber criminal, your passwords, usernames, personal data or business network can be completely compromised.

In the attached article, a new type of malware (malicious software), can infect your computer simply from clicking on a banner ad within an infected web site. By using sophisticated techniques to hide within the pixels of the banner, the ultimate consequence can be stolen credentials (passwords), key logging, file theft and ransomware. Ransomware is the encryption of your files on a workstation or across your entire network. Ransomware is extortion and requires a payment to the cyber attackers to decrypt your files. It has generated profits in the 100’s of millions of dollars in the last several years.

It might get technical at times, but the following article is an interesting read:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/millions-exposed-to-malvertising-that-hid-attack-code-in-banner-pixels/

Your business should take the preventative steps necessary to harden your personal and business data defense.  Please contact us to start the conversation.

Solid State Drives – Make The Upgrade

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Check out the quick video below, which compares older ‘spindle disk’ hard drives, with faster Solid State hard drives. The author of the video narrates the difference in start times between a 5400 RPM, 7200 RPM and a Samsung EVO Solid State drive. If you are still using an older spindle drive in your machine, you are literally losing minutes to hours per day depending upon frequency of use and bootup and boot down times for the operating system and various programs you use.

What is even more impressive, and based on our experience as well, is the new life boost your machine can receive with an SSD hard disk.  Your operating system will pop to life, and be much more responsive.  Large program files, like Office 365, or even larger files generated as .pdf or CAD/CAM files will open much quicker, and on the whole, your machine will just feel quicker and more efficient. If you are thinking about this type of upgrade for your current fleet, Advantage engineers can help you make the right decision.  We have the experience in purchasing, installation, proper backups, complete restores, and elimination of unnecessary programs and files while the migration installs.

The end of the year is a great time to make hardware purchases.  Many SSD manufacturers are slashing prices, and drives are literally half the cost OR less than they were just one year ago.  And, the quality continues to improve in terms of speed and performance.

Call or email and let us know how we can serve you and your business to improve computer productivity.

Our Newest Partner – Introducing Alien Vault Labs

 

Our Newest Partner – Introducing Alien Vault Labs

Advantage Industries is pleased to introduce our new certified reseller status with Alien Vault.

As you well know, cybersecurity crime is (unfortunately) a problem which continues to confound IT professionals and businesses alike. Losses from a data breach can be significant and with the FTC now acting as the nation’s cyber regulator, a cyber security event could cost your business everything. Fees, fines, liability and compliance are just the tip of the iceberg in battling online cyber criminals.