Monthly Archives: November 2013

CryptoLocker Ransomware Infections

Here’s the second notice from US-CERT about an increasing number of ransomware infections. 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. Victims are told they have three days to pay the attacker through a third-party payment method or they’ll lose their data.

The takeaway is, do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.

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Windows 8 Shortcuts

We received this in the mail from Lenovo during the fall of 2013.  It’s cute and helpful at the same time.

Still figuring out Windows 8?

We get it.  It’s new and a little confusing at times.  Here are some shortcuts we love

windows-icon + start typing Search your PC
windows-icon + C Open the charms menu
windows-icon + F Open the Search charm to search files
windows-icon + H Open the Share charm
windows-icon + I Open the Settings charm
windows-icon + Pg Up Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left
windows-icon + Pg Dn Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right
windows-icon + Shift + Period Snaps apps to the left
windows-icon + Period Snaps apps to the right
windows-icon + Tab Cycles through open apps