The following alerts have been updated to reflect new and important security protection schemes:
11/21/2017: Quad9 is a free DNS Domain Name Service that helps prevent users from accessing malicious sites. Run by IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
11/1/2017: Windows 10 controlled folder access anti-ransomeware is part of the Fall Creators Update. It works well and should be used by all Windows 10 users.
10/16/2017: KRACK attack on Wi-Fi. Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted. Virtually ALL Wi-Fi equipped devices need to be updated. The attack is particularly bad on Android 6.0 and Linux. If you have a device with no updates (eg Internet of Things), you will be open to attacks. Using a VPN helps.
10/6/2017: Kaspersky has been implicated in stealing data from the NSA. Uninstall any of their antivirus software right away. It is now banned in the US government. Best Buy has stopped selling it.
9/1/2017: Arris NVG589, NVG599 and possibly other modems, routers, gateways sold for AT&T’s U-verse service have a major security hole. If you have one, you need to update it as soon as possible to software newer than 9.2.2 or apply this fix.
5/12/2017: Wanna Cry ransomware is spreading fast. It exploits a Microsoft bug that was patched in March 2017. It is more infectious because it can spread throughout a local network.
WannaKiwi – Decrypts files WannaCryp ransomware. Do not reboot after getting infected.