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Category Archives: Web Security

Information regarding security on the web.

The Dangers of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Peer-to-Peer or P2P is a method of sharing of files between two or more computers on the Internet. Users share files via P2P by using peer-to-peer applications such as Gnutella, KaZaA, iMesh, LimeWire, Morpheus, SwapNut, WinMX, AudioGalaxy, Blubster, eDonkey, BearShare etc., and list goes on…

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Computers Cannot Survive By Anti-Virus Software Alone

Over the past few weeks, several widely knows companies have been competing for top spots in many of the major news headlines but, for all the wrong reasons. Retail giant Target, to offer just one recent example, could be forced to pay millions of dollars…

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The CryptoLocker Virus is Spreading!!!

***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NEW RIVER COMPUTING REGARDING THE “CRYPTOLOCKER” VIRUS*** There’s a new type of malware that has been spreading like wildfire over the past couple of months called CryptoLocker. Most security researchers are claiming that this is one of the nastiest and most successful…

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Cyber Crime vs. Cyber Defense

After reading an article on the Huffington Post the other day, I started thinking about the fact that we really ARE now living in a world where BIG DATA = BIG BUSINESS = BIG MONEY. With more and more people paying bills, shopping, banking and…

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‘Microsoft tech support’ scam captured on video

For those of us working in the IT industry, we get used to removing viruses and malware from plenty of machines on a regular basis. Malware is a huge problem that seems to only be getting worse. Part of the problem is a lack of…

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Ransomware Attacks Appear To Be Getting Worse!

For those of you not familiar with exactly what Ransomware is/does, here’s the current Wikipedia definition: “Ransomware comprises a class of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order…

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Can You Tell The Difference Between Real vs. Rogue Security Software?

Rogue security software, also known as fake antivirus software or “scareware”, has been one of the most popular methods used by online criminals in recent years to fool computer users into installing malware and/or divulge confidential information.  Rogue AV software typically mimics the general look…

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Internet Explorer 8 Zero-Day Vulnerability

***ATTENTION: If you are a current New River Computing client covered under our RMM Service Plan, you need not worry about this vulnerability. We have automatically deployed the fix to your computers.*** Recently, there has been an Internet Explorer (zero-day) remote code execution vulnerability found…

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Nationwide Insurance Breach Puts Over 1 Million Customers Risk

Over 1 million customers are at risk of identity theft after online-criminals broke into servers belonging to Nationwide and Allied insurance companies. Victims include current policyholders and those who sought insurance quotes.

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