Crypto Viruses: the Online Stickup

Mark Berry November 19, 2014

You may have heard of a resurgence of the CyptoLocker/CryptoWall ransmomware viruses.  These make me nervous because they can actually encrypt the files on your drive, making them unreadable and unusable.  The crooks then demand that you pay $500 – $1500 to recover your files. If you see a screen like this, your computer has probably been infected:

Crypto Virus 1 Crypto Virus 2


Mom Dodges a Fake Antivirus Bullet

Mark Berry April 21, 2013

Tonight my mom was browsing her local utility’s web site when she got a popup “Message from webpage” that Microsoft Antivirus had found critical activity A “Microsoft Security Essentials Alert” was behind that.

My smart mom put down the mouse, picked up the phone, and called me. When I connected remotely, I found this screen:


Mom's fake virus alerts



Secure Email Signatures in Outlook 2010

Mark Berry April 8, 2013

I don’t come across Secure MIME (S/MIME) signed emails very often so I thought it might be interesting to post a few screenshots of what happens when you receive a signed email.



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