Dec 19

Beware – CryptoLocker posing as Holiday package tracking link

CryptoLocker Ransomware is making the rounds again. Please be cautious as this malware that the FBI is now calling the "perfect crime" makes it way around the internet again posing as a seemingly innocuous link to track a holiday package. This particular piece of ransomware, once downloaded, encrypts user files and forces you to pay for them to be decrypted. In most cases the files are never really decrypted at all and the user has just sent money across the world that cannot be traced. 

Be dilegent when opening emails from sources you are not familiar with. Never open an attachment from someone you don't know. Always back up your files in case something like this does take over your machine. If you suspect there is a chance that you have opened an attachment like this and would like to talk to someone please call us at 406-771-0022. 

For more information please see the following links.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/12/18/cryptolocker-ransomware-being-described-as-the-perfect-crime/

http://www.zdnet.com/cryptolocker-menace-of-2013-7000024299/

 

 

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Nov 20

Scam Alert! Microsoft Calling?

Tonight marks the 5th client in the past 2 weeks to have fallen victim to "Microsoft Tech Support Calling" scam. If you haven't heard of this yet, you are one of the lucky few. Please make yourself aware by reading the two links at the bottom of this post. 

These scammers are diligent and smart. They sound legit and make it seem, to even the most wary user, that they are indeed with Microsoft or some form of Microsoft support. They will call your house and they will scare you into thinking your pc is slow or infected. They will offer to fix everything over the phone after you type a quick code into a web browser to give them full control. There are different methods I have seen in play so far. Some ask for a credit card to pay for their service, then they "fix" your pc. Others just bypass that completely and use their time to grab as much personal info as they can.

Please tell everyone you know. The older we get, the more embarrassing it can be to admit that you have fallen victim to scams such as these. Please make sure if you have had someone access your computer remotely like this to do a full scan and make sure your antivirus software is running and up to date. If you feel your banking information has been compromised, please contact your banking facility and ask them to put a credit alert on your account. You might even want to contact Experian, Transunion and Equifax and have them add alerts as well. It's always better to be safe than sorry. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 406-771-0022. 

-Michele

http://articles.philly.com/2013-09-24/news/42326712_1_computer-tech-virus-phone-number

http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/msname.aspx

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Nov 06

Welcome to our new site!

Hey this is Michele with Big Sky Digital Solutions. We are a local computer consulting and repair company in Great Falls Montana. 

We have been serving the central Montana area for the past 14 years and decided to maybe make this a full time gig. Check out our Services page to see if there is something we might be able to help you with. And if you don't see something listed that has been bothering you, give us a call and we can talk. Maybe I just forgot to add it to the list. Maybe I know someone who can help. Worst case scenario, I'll sit there and cry with you if we can't find a solution.

And check out our twitter feed and facebook page. We plan to post a lot about computers, smartphones, techy stuff and maybe even throw in some Montana and Great Falls related stuff too. It should be fun.

Thanks again for checking us out.

-Michele

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