Lately, this term is getting a lot of attention! Cryptolocker looks like this:
First thing to know, if you have this on your computer, currently at this time, your data cannot be recovered using "normal" methods. So, we recommend you protect yourself from this one. Anti-viruses, Anti-Malwares and other such tools for some reason are not protecting people from this one (not a "sky is falling thing" I promise)
Fortunately until we have a better permanent solution, there is a nice tool out there. Check this guys webpage and see if its something you could use: http://www.foolishit.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/
We have it installed here, on a couple of machines, seems to not be annoying, and so far we haven't gotten the Cryptolocker!
More JAVA news, another claimed compromise. If you don't need JAVA please just remove it from your computer, its not safe. At least don't let Internet Explorer use it, turn off browser access to JAVA if you can.
Look in "control panels" and find your uninstall software section, locate JAVA and remove it. If you MUST have it, please be safe, and careful. The last compromise allowed random people to install software on your computer, without your knowledge.
As this winter progresses, I wanted to remind you of a few weather related things to watch out for. Our best advice from a computer view is when thunder and lightning hit, unplug electronics, but failing that, if the power does flicker on and off, unplug them and let them reset properly after things are back to normal!
And modem/routers really really hate power spikes, they tend to just shut off, so keep that in mind if things gets silly on your internet connection later. Unplug the devices, count to 10 slowly, and plug them back in, it will probably be fine.
WOOT! We have a new look to our SyixMAIL. It's the same program but MUCH more intuitive and pleasing to the eye. Please call if you have any questions but it should be pretty much be self explanatory.
Note: Some older computers have issues, you can select the "classic" theme in the setting screens and make it look the old way
In as short a sentence as possible. Just say NO.
To expand a bit, be sure that any computer you buy has Windows 7, or can be "downgraded" to Win7. Do yourself a great big favor and just DON'T buy it as an upgrade. Don't. Really really don't.
I installed Win8 on a new computer today, the "Pro" version, with all the features available and enabled. It is ugly, hard to use, makes NO sense at all, and generally annoys me. Internet Explorer 10 (comes installed that way) just feels weird.
Its an operating system designed for Tablets or Smartphones. Not computers, no matter how many ways Microsoft trys to spin it. On a tablet, it might be fine, or a smartphone, it might be okay. On a desktop or laptop PC, just NO.
If you don't believe me, come into the support office, ask Bill or Andre to look at the Win8 computer. See what YOU think, see if you don't agree with me completely.
Yes, we changed things, we all got tired of the old SYIX.COM page, so we have been working (mostly Bill, thank him) on this new version of the SYIX homepage. It is more dynamic, has a great database behind it, and is generally easier for us to add notes and articles to... So WELCOME!
If you are tired of seeing the redirected page, click the little "make this your homepage" on the bottom left of this page. It will set www.syix.info as your homepage and you no longer get the old one and the redirect.
Login is on the top right. You can use your user name (first part of your email address here) and your email password. There are many more features available once you log in. Forums, your own personal blog, games, etc. If there is anything missing or broken, let us know and we'll see if we can get it or fix it.
Thank you all for being SYIX customers.