Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | February 7, 2015

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

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Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

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Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | January 20, 2015

How many Centurylink employees does it take?

Took me an hour and talking to 6 people and being told I didn’t have any service with Century link by each of them before someone could open our account. Each one chuckles like I’m the incompetent one calling the wrong company. One employee refused to give his Employee ID or name after excuses why he couldn’t get me a supervisor. If your an employee of CenturyLink let me do your training for you. An M at the end of the account code stands for MIDMARKET! NOT NO ACCOUNT! I just needed to cancel a point to point t1 took 1 minute once a supervisor was contacted. So I give them a 40% chance at really disconnecting it.

After dealing with @CenturyLink for an hour I apologized to Charter for all the mean things I’ve said about them of the last few months since they took @Optimum. Century Link gave me some perspective of real incompetence. Charter’s been pretty bad in the Mountain states but not like this. I once spent 2 hours for one DNS change. No one at then Qwest know what DNS was.

Grrr…. FCC, FTC with ISP’s having lower reputations than Congress maybe it’s time to do something! The current system is broken and it’s your fault!

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | January 17, 2015

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

crashplanpro

Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

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Crash Plan Pro – $10/month (Even file servers) Unlimited space, Unlimited Version. The default “check for changes” is every 15 minutes. The Video says $5/month but that’s for a home version of the product vs the business version I suggest for everyone home and work.

http://www.CrashPlanPro.com/

Code 42 makes Crash Plan Pro. The goal is to provide a solution to the backup nightmare and here it is. You can even backup to your external hard drives at the same time for the best redundancy.

http://www.code42.com/

Cost of Equipment loss:

The minimum cost if your computer’s hard drive crashes is $200, if the drive is physically damaged it can cost $1200 to recover. Please send the $120/year to backup all your data.

Rate of creation of new unknown malware.

The growth of malware appears unstoppable. In total, some 20 million new strains were created worldwide in the third quarter of the year, at a rate of 227,747 new samples every day.

Similarly, the global infection ratio was 37.93%, slightly up on the previous quarter (36.87%).

These are just a few of the figures presented by Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, from the latest quarterly report.

http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/category/malware/feed/

Rates of Real-world detection of known malware.

Here is the information on Antivirus software from a non-profit testing org. The breakdown is Windows Defender built in protection is 84%, you can pay for software that might increase that up to 98% of “known” bugs. But there can be a major performance hit and a lot of false positives.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Thank you,

Call me if you have questions.

Jeremy

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Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | January 2, 2015

Sony Hack and our government

North Korea spied on Sony is a joke! There’s so much going on. Lame duck my ass.

Its a wage the dog type of government/media distraction from approving spying on us all in the budget, while collapsing the Ruble and Russian economy not to mention Argentina and Venezuela!
Putin wont suffer anything like his people as they starve to death.
Makes you wonder what the US gave OPEC to cover their losses.
The US during the gulf oil crises made large off shore deals with Brazil. You think this would also suffer.
Oil shell price/cost cant compete and also suffering.

This type of volatility in one of the top world wide resources could trigger massive economic disasters for the dollar too.

Also in the budget was the legalization of old school light bulbs just after destroying the industry and force closing the factories. Now they’ll come from china.
They changed top donations for political funds from $150k cap to $300k+ cap. So this next election could see close to 2 trillion dollars spent on it double the last election.
No talk of a pipeline now!!!
Cuba becomes a friend? No discussion.
US held 50+ unnamed POLITICAL Cuban Prisoners for years upon years! Guantanamo isnt the first and wont be the last unless be hold these men accountable.

We are too big to succeed ‪#‎2Big2Succeed‬

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | July 27, 2014

Nasty Adware Infection Bug from Flash Updates! Don’t do them!

Warning!

There is a nasty bug going around, it looks like it comes from a Adobe Flash update prompt, please do not click these. Once the program is installed over the next few days it will install 10-30 more programs and browser the internet with a hidden browser. One system had 100’s of hidden browser windows going for days.

Only do flash updates if instructed by your IT Staff or if something’s not working.

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | July 4, 2014

doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills

doc prescribes cure for Charter Internet ills.

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | July 2, 2014

Nasty Windows 2008 R2 RDP Redirect Printer works but printing fails bug

Event ID 372: The document failed to print
The client printer shows up on Windows 2008 R2 but can’t print

The client printer shows up on Windows 2008 R2 but can’t print

Situation: The client installed TS on their DC running on Windows 2008 R2. After that the remote clients using RDC can’t send print job to the printer connecting to remote computer. The printer redirection works fine and we can see them, but when we try to send the print job, it doesn’t print. The Event Viewer also logs this message:

Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-PrintService/Admin
Source: Microsoft-Windows-PrintService
Event ID: 372
Task Category: Printing a document
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic Spooler Event,Document Print Job
User: chicagotech.local\blin
Description:

The document Untitled – Notepad, owned by blin, failed to print on printer 041hp4050 (redirected 4). Try to print the document again, or restart the print spooler.
Data type: RAW. Size of the spool file in bytes: 23044. Number of bytes printed: 0. Total number of pages in the document: 1. Number of pages printed: 0. Client computer: \\laptop. Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 5. Access is denied.

Troubleshooting: It is not recommended to install Terminal Services on a Domain Controller for the security reason. For many small business, they don’t have choice, the resolution is using cacls command to assign permission to spool by following these steps:

1. Click Start, search for cmd.exe

2. Right click on cmd.exe

3. Click on ‘Run as Administrator’

4. Type “C:\” w/o the quotation marks and then Press Enter.

5. Type CD\Windows\System32\Spool and then Press Enter.

6. Type Cacls.exe PRINTERS /e /g users:C and then Press Enter.

7. Restart the computer (I didn’t have to reboot)

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | June 22, 2014

RDP is not an acceptable remote access tool anymore. Please stop using it!

I’m still seeing RDP used on servers and desktops and it’s not safe! RDP get brute forced on Administrator account in days. Please close these firewall ports and use LogMeIn or some other more secure solution.

Most people don’t know there’s being brute forced until it’s way too late! Check your event logs on your servers, desktops and firewalls to see china is trying to get in. If you leave RDP open 24/7 and don’t monitor these logs, you’re most likely already infected.

Make sure to use Spiceworks and Hitman Pro to verify you’re not!

 

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | June 18, 2014

Charter Mountain states – $5 to pay bill over phone coming soon

Found out that we’ll have to pay $5 to pay your bill over the phone with a real person. This added fee will be coming soon for Mountain states, and its my understanding already exists in other states.

This is for residential accounts. I asked about business accounts but didn’t get a clear answer.

This is something Optimum, nor Bresnan charged.

Since the Bresnan office is often very busy and under staffed the automated systems your only option. Good luck.

Another example why we need a option that’s more of a utility. Read More…

Posted by: Jeremy Benisek (CyberAxe) Don't Panic Business Technologies | June 6, 2014

the Real Problem with Healthcare and why Obama care wont solve them

Suggest problem with healthcare: The current system with 40 million uninsured

Healthcare of the uninsured visiting ERs and not doing preventative care before it’s extremely expensive and paid for by the medical industry and/or tax payers. The overall costs of uninsured and insured healthcare is too expensive. The quality of healthcare is too low for many areas of the county.

Suggest Solution: Obama care or any other insurance based solution

By providing everyone health insurance people will go to their family doctor before they get really sick saving the medical industry and tax payers lots of money while raising the quality of life for everyone involved. 

Suggested outcome:

  • Quality of life goes up for those with insurance
  • Quality of life goes up for those without insurance
  • Obesity rates drop because responsible information and help is available to everyone
  • Plus many other promises…

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A real world story to learn from:

I have a friend in his late 20’s in the low to no income part of the 40 million without private insurance he and his family are on state finical aid. He is unemployed due to extreme obesity which causes health related issues.

More than a week ago he said he wasn’t feeling well and was sick, I didn’t think anything of it until I went to a party with him a few days ago and the next day I and 4 other people were sick too.  After a day of feeling bad I went to the health department and spent $20 to get tested for strep. It was positive, I was advised to stay home and away from people which I did. I’m a self employed technologist in my 30’s without health insurance. I’m in good shape and typically healthy.

Because I got sick I alerted everyone at the party to get tested if they didn’t fell well. Including my friend.

He’s response is why I’m writing this post. “I’ll probable go to the ER” – He said.

Even though he has state healthcare free, state financial aid free, and there’s nothing collections can do to him.. It still took him 2 weeks to go to the doctor and then it was the ER. This proved to me that the real world problem is life style not access to healthcare or health insurance.

How I see the problem:

Lifestyle is the problem not access to healthcare of health insurance. No amount of information or free services has changed this life style in a real world example. Access to Health insurance did not get him out walking or taking better care of himself. Government propaganda Ads on media outlets didn’t help him or change his life style.

Why aren’t we changing life styles with Health insurance:

  • ERs have no way to hold patients accountably to change – ER wins
  • The urgency and care shown at an ER is much higher than a family doctors office – ER wins
  • The ER is often faster and more professional in most areas. – ER wins
  • There is a lot less condemnation from seeing a ER Doctor once than a family doctor that can hold you accountable. – ER wins
  • ER is open all hours – ER wins
  • Family doctor is more personable and can be more friendly but not always – Tie
  • A lot of family doctors aren’t taking new patient and will not take chronic pain patients at all – ER wins
  • There are so many more I’m not going to list

How I see the solution:

Until tough love is introduced  and we change the incentives for going to an ER and have a real conversation. When we start talking about life style and why he didn’t go to the doctor the 2nd day he was sick, why he went out in public sick, we will not solve anything. We must address the incentives, life style changes and solve the depression and self neglect that comes with these poor choices. We must lift the self worth and values in this process or the loop will just start over.

 

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