“WannaCry” ransomware is targeting Microsoft Windows computers

Good Morning friends!

Today, we at Anywhere technologies would like to give you some information about the CyberAttacks last week, and how you can protect yourself as these attacks continue!
“WannaCry” (also referred to as WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r 2.0,Wanna Decryptor) is a ransomware program targeting the Microsoft Windows operating system. On Friday, 12 May 2017, a large cyber-attack was launched using it, infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 28 languages.[7] The attack has been described by Europol as unprecedented in scale.”

“Like previous ransomware, the attack spreads by phishing emails, but also uses the EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, (NSA),to spread through a network which has not installed recent security updates to directly infect any exposed systems. A “critical” patch had been issued by Microsoft on 14 March 2017 to remove the underlying vulnerability for supported systems, but many organizations had not yet applied it.”

Anywhere Technologies believes that in this instance, preventative measures are best.
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10, and the latest anti-virus then you are likely protected from this specific threat. That said, we urge you not to be complacent about your machine’s security. The best protection is to keep your computer(s) up to date with the most recent security and patch updates from Microsoft and Windows Update, as well as updating the virus definitions on your specific Anti-Virus of choice.
If you are still using Windows Vista or Windows XP, we can’t urge you strongly enough to reconsider upgrading your operating system to a more current release in order to lessen your odds of attack. Microsoft and most Anti-Virus programs on the market today no longer offer support for these older operating systems.
Most viruses/malware/ransomewear/exploits specifically target older operating systems these days in order to compromise businesses and private citizens who rely heavily on these os and are either unable or unwilling to upgrade.
There’s a really great article below that was published by CNet that you might also wish to check out!

https://www.cnet.com/news/wannacry-wannacrypt-uiwix-ransomware-everything-you-need-to-know

Thanks,
Scott Kellas
Operations Manager
Scott@anywheretechnologies.co

3 reasons why a SSD is worth the extra money even with the trade-off of less space

I remember back in 2012 I purchased a new i7 HP laptop and I was pretty excited because I had been using a much older computer for quite some time. I remember once I got it up and running it did a great job of playing video and video games. Everything was great, but I had the feeling that the computer wasn’t performing as well as it could.

The thing was, it was pretty fast once it booted up, but it took forever for it to boot. Also whenever I loaded a new program it just seemed to take a long time. I had a fast processor and lots of ram but things were not as great as I expected. In fact, it was so bad that I felt it wasn’t much faster than my old machine.

So I started looking into what I could do get get better performance out of the machine. I had looked at SSD drives before but they were always so expensive but I took another look and found something in my budget.

After installing the drive my startup time went from over a minute to about 15 seconds using Windows 8. When I clicked on a Program it flew open instantly. It was like getting a brand new computer all over again.

If you are at the point where you are thinking about replacing your hard drive or you ended up buying a machine like me, that didn’t have an SSD built in, you should really consider it.

Here are 3 great reasons why you should.

1) A SSD is 5 times faster than a normal hard drive

Often SSD drives make outrageous claims of being 10x faster than other drives. I have been working on computers since the 90’s and I know better than to believe these types of claims.

I have found that in general a SSD is about 5 times faster than a normal hard drive. Even though this is not 10 times, it is still lightning quick.

The average Bainbridge Islander can walk across the Island in about 5 hours (15 miles at 3 miles per hour). Lets say there is some sort of SSD shoes you could wear, well then you would be able to to traverse the island in one hour flat. Not bad.

That gives you about 4 extra hours to kick back at Starbucks out on High School Road while your older hard drive walking friends slowly make their way across the island.

So, what does that mean for me in a real world setting?

Quite possibly boot time down to 12 seconds and application load times down to a couple of seconds.

2) Most SSD’s are rated over 10 years

So if you have ever bought a mattress they usually are supposed to last about 5 years. That coincidentally is the same amount of time most hard drives will last too.

Well, if you are ready to make the leap to a SSD there are drives rated at up to 17 years (like some of the ones made by Samsung).

I am pretty sure that is about 1000 years in computer tech years.

I remember 1996. It was the year after I graduated and I was rocking a 486 – remember those? – with a 200mb hard drive.

3) The prices are lower than you think

So lets talk money.

Well, it is not going to cost you in upwards of $500 like it used to. I just looked up some prices for a friend and found a Samsung 840 Pro 128gb drive for about $92. You could also pick up a 320gb non-SSD drive for about $60.

Now, that drive is cheaper and has more space.

But, if you haven’t already, get out and use a computer with an SSD drive.

The difference is phenomenal and revolutionary.

Are you looking for more performance? Are you looking for something that will working with your existing computer?

If so, give me a call or book an appointment today.