Microsoft Warns Customers of DoppelPaymer Ransomware Threat

by ronfluegge 22. November 2019 09:54

Microsoft lists the following measure customers should take to block ransomware attacks and prevent data loss:

  • Keep your Windows Operating System and antivirus up-to-date. Upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Regularly back-up your files in an external hard-drive.
  • Enable file history or system protection. In your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 devices, you must have your file history enabled and you have to setup a drive for file history.
  • Use OneDrive for Consumer or for Business.
  • Beware of phishing emails, spams, and clicking malicious attachment.
  • Use Microsoft Edge to get SmartScreen protection. It will prevent you from browsing sites that are known to be hosting exploits, and protect you from socially-engineered attacks such as phishing and malware downloads.
  • Disable the loading of macros in your Office programs.
  • Disable your Remote Desktop feature whenever possible.
  • Use two factor authentication.
  • Use a safe and password-protected internet connection.
  • Avoid browsing web sites that are known for being malware breeding grounds (illegal download sites, porn sites, etc.).

GADS OS on the Desktop

by ronfluegge 13. March 2019 17:20

GADS OS is a desktop application.  Ever wonder why?  Are we the only ones who have desktop applications?

Millions of developers develop and maintain Windows Forms (desktop) applications. According to Microsoft, over two million developers actively work on Windows Forms applications every month, and we're some of them.

The fact is, some applications still can’t be done well in a browser. In fact, we have a whole team at the GADS Open Source Project that specializes in high-performance desktop work and does quite well because they can do some amazing things that can’t be achieved with other technologies. We’ve been taking advantage of the Windows built-in .NET Framework to write libraries for our GADS OS desktop apps for a while now, and the apps themselves have required the full framework, installers, and everything that goes with fat client, native desktop applications.

The problem is that Web apps are browser-based, not browser agnostic.  A browser-agnostic Web application should work on Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or any other browser equally well, but that's not always the case or possible.  All the features and capabilities that make today's browsers so powerful and complex also cause some problems for users.

Issues such as plug-ins, security settings and version requirements mean that managing browsers can be a lot of work. With large enterprise line-of-business applications like GADS data reporting and analysis, the problem of browser compatibility compounds.

Microsoft's Windows 7 has one year of free support left

by ronfluegge 14. January 2019 09:25

One year from today -- on January 14, 2020 -- Microsoft's support for Windows 7 will cease. That means no more updates or fixes, including security fixes after that date, which is the first Patch Tuesday of 2020, unless a customer pays.

Windows 8.1 customers will continue to get security updates from Microsoft for free until January 10, 2023. 


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