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CryptoLocker is a new dangerous variant of ransomware that restricts access to infected computers and demands the victim provide a payment to the attackers in order to decrypt and recover their files. As of this time, the primary means of infection appears to be phishing emails containing malicious attachments.

CryptoLocker is spreading through fake emails designed to mimic the look of legitimate businesses and through phony FedEx and UPS tracking notices.

The malware has the ability to find and encrypt files located within shared network drives, USB drives, external hard drives, network file shares and even some cloud storage drives. If one computer on a network becomes infected, mapped network drives could also become infected.

Email Attachment Tips:

Cloud Services you can trust: Security, Compliance and Privacy in Office 365
used with permission from Microsoft

When you make a decision to place your trust in a cloud services provider for productivity services, security, compliance, and privacy are top of mind. With over a billion customers on Office and decades of experience running online services, we understand what it takes to earn and continue to maintain your trust and confidence in Office 365.

Our construct for security, compliance and privacy in Office 365 has two equally important dimensions - Built-in capabilities that include service-wide, technical capabilities, operational procedures and policies that are enabled by default for customers using the service and Customer controls that include features that enable you to customize the Office 365 environment based on the specific needs of your organization.

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Excel tips for handling lots of data
used with permission from Technology at Work

Managing huge amounts of data in Excel can be painful if you don’t know how to handle it properly. These tips* will boost your effectiveness and will make you feel more confident with hundreds of rows and columns.

1. Freeze Panes

Have you ever dived into the unexplored depths of Excel spreadsheet in search of a specific cell or value? The common issue in this case is that it becomes very complicated to say to which category the value belongs (or in other words what is the name of the row and column which contain your cell). So this might be the right time to start using an Excel option called “Freeze Panes”. It freezes the defined row or column on the screen, so you can still scroll data in any direction. This is how it works:

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The Evolution of Hardware and What It Means for Big Data
used with permission from IBM Foreward View

Imagine being able to use the weather forecast to know which of your promotions will be most effective on any given day. Or using visitor data on your Web site and social media feeds to get a complete, real-time picture of your customers’ likes and dislikes.

These projects that amass and analyze vast volumes of data, or “big data,” as we’ve come to know it, are materializing within midsize firms. Once the sole domain of large enterprises, big data is on the rise among smaller companies. According to a recent Techaisle study, 18 percent of midmarket businesses are currently investing in big data and an additional 25 percent are planning to invest in these types of projects. Big data’s popularity, it seems, is bigger than ever.

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Mobile Tech and the Fear of Missing Out
Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com
by Jason Deign

Twitchy because you haven't checked Facebook in a while? Then you could be in Fear of Missing Out, and that smartphone in your pocket isn't helping.

We've all experienced the scene. A family gathering, a group of friends, in a bar or a restaurant. All chatting. But not to each other. Instead, they sit hunched over their mobile phones, interacting with people far away and ignoring those by their side.

What drives this strange behavior? Recent studies in psychology have found many of us have a condition called Fear of Missing Out, or FoMO. It's described as ‘a worry that friends and important others may be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.'

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November Newsletter
In this issue:


Cloud Services You Can Trust

Excel Tips for Handling Lots of Data

The Evolution of Hardware

Mobile Tech and The Fear of Missing Out

Got Backup?

How to Protect Against Phishing

Got Backup? Finding the Best Backup Option for Your Small Business Data
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Caron Beesley
How are you backing up your small business data? If you are like most small businesses, you could be compromising your business and its data on a daily basis.

A 2011 survey by Carbonite, a provider of online backup solutions, found some facts about data loss that may surprise you:

  • Forty-eight percent of American small businesses with between two and twenty employees have experienced data loss, up from 42 percent in 2010.
  • Top causes of data loss include hardware/software failure (54 percent), accidental deletion (54 percent), viruses (33 percent) and theft (10 percent).
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How to Protect Against Phishing
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Phishing is an online con game, and phishers are nothing more than tech-savvy con artists. In a typical phishing scam, phishers send out emails, which appear to come from a legitimate company, in an attempt to scam users into providing private information that will be used for identity theft.

Phishers use a variety of sophisticated devices to steal information—including pop-up windows, URL masks which simulate real Web addresses, and keystroke loggers that capture account names and passwords.

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Quote of the Month

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

- Albert Schweitzer

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