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Has your computer done a Windows update lately?? If not, you might want to run this update ASAP! This update contains a patch that protects you from the latest ransomware attack. That’s right, we said RANSOMWARE again!

If you feel like we’ve been talking about ransomware for months and months…..and months, we have. It is just a type of attack that is extremely common. Don’t worry though, we are here to help keep you protected! 🙂

Anyways, this time this ransomware is named Petya and requests a ransom of $300.00. This one sends a message that purposely crashes the computer in order to trigger a reboot. However, instead of rebooting, Petya leaves you a messages stating that the computer is unusable until the attackers have received your ransom.

So as ALWAYS, be extremely careful when opening e-mails and don’t open it if you don’t know who it is from or what it is. We can’t stress enough how especially important it is not to open emails that ask you to open attachments or open links for no apparent reason.

If you suspect something suspicious on your computer, give us a call!

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“Why-Cry” when you have East Bay I.T.?

We can never tell you enough how important it is to not open links, web pages or emails that you are uncertain of.


The ransomware “Why-Cry” will definitely make you want to cry. Once this ransomware has infected your computer it makes its presence known by putting a screen on your computer that looks like your computer is doing a Windows update. The trick here is that if your computer were truly running a Windows update you would leave your computer on to do so. Therefore, by making your screen look like an update is running you are compelled to think you need to leave your computer on. In all actuality though, your files are being encrypted during this time. Once “Way-Cry” has encrypted all of your files, they leave you a nice message with steps how to decrypt your files. These steps include paying a total of $300 in Bitcoin ($807,924.00 USD to be exact). However, there is no guarantee that even if you did pay the ransom that your files would be decrypted as easily as snapping your fingers. So, “Why-Cry” when we can help keep your files protected and even backed up somewhere safe!

Target Breach!

Is your information protected online? Target is paying out approximately $18.5 million in what is probably the largest data breach settlement. This hack originally took place in 2013, but even today you may still be at risk.

By now you may be asking yourself how to keep your information safe when you are shopping online. We can never stress enough how important it is to make sure you are protected when you are online because you never know who could be watching.


Lucky for you there are THREE easy ways to keep your information safe online!

  1. Use a prepaid credit card and load only the money you need on to it
  2. Use the same card on every site you shop on and keep a low spending limit.
  3. Use your card’s extra security layer (contact the card provider, i.e. MaterCard or Visa)


For more information about keeping your personal information kept personal on the internet click the link below: