The Heartbleed Bug: A Note from Laplink

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The OpenSSL project team announced a serious security vulnerability, known now as the Heartbleed bug, on April 7th. We wanted to officially address concerns about purchasing products from Laplink online.

All purchases made through our secure 128-bit encrypted chatroom or online store are completely safe! While our security hasn’t been compromised by Heartbleed, we are actively monitoring our system to ensure that your personal information remains secure at all times. Continue reading

Do You Know the Hidden Dangers of Moving off of Windows XP?

End of support for Windows XP begins on April 8, 2014. Those who choose to stay on XP after end of support will face an end to hot-fixes, technical assistance, and security updates. Sticking around on Windows XP is risky; reports point out that the lack of security updates will make it a hot target for hackers, viruses, and other malware. When Microsoft releases security updates for Windows 7 and 8, attackers will check and test Windows XP for those same vulnerabilities. If the vulnerabilities are shared, attackers will target these known security holes in XP because it won’t be receiving security patches.

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Studies show that Windows XP users will be six times more likely to suffer from a virus or other malware. We at Laplink recommend that XP users upgrade their current operating system or transfer to a new PC. With PCmover, the move is seamless, so there’s no reason to face the risks that Windows XP will soon carry.

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Confused About Windows XP End-of-Life?

Windows XP end-of-life is just around the corner, and recent extensions for Microsoft’s antimalware software has users confused. However, extended virus warning doesn’t mean that Windows XP will be safe after the April 8th deadline.

We at Laplink are encouraging all users to move from Windows XP as soon as is practical. For many business users, that means upgrading existing PCs from XP to Windows 7. Luckily, our PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant is the perfect tool to do this, and Laplink will be offering is for free for one day only on February 4.

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According to a recent study by Trustworthy Computing, Windows XP systems have a malware infection rate six times higher than Windows 8. And AV-Test, who is in the business of testing security solutions, warns that continuing to use Windows XP after April 8 is a major security risk, especially as time goes on.

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Cyber Security Month: The Dangers of Malware and How to Stay Protected

As if right on cue for Cyber Security Month, a new malware named “CryptoLocker” has been hitting people’s hard drives with force.

This malware installs itself into your “Documents and Settings” folder under a randomly generated name. It then adds itself to the list of programs that run every time you log on and eventually creates and uploads an ID for you online. After your ID is created, a public-private key pair is generated, with the public portion being sent back to your computer.

Soon after setting you up, CryptoLocker encrypts all of your files. From important work documents, to spreadsheets, to family photos, CryptoLocker scrambles and locks it all. A pop-up then greets you with a “pay us or lose all your data” message. Typically, CryptoLocker gives users about 100 hours to pay a fee of $300 for the private key to recover their data. If this fee isn’t paid, the key is destroyed and the files are lost.

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Cyber Security Month- Mobile Tips to Keep You Protected

October is National Cyber Security Month and we at Laplink want to make sure you’re protected. According to research done by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 80% of adults use the internet, 49% of them accessing it from their smartphones. With the influx of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it’s never been easier to be connected. But with an increase in internet access comes an increase in security risk.

Most smartphone users have never backed up their mobile devices, and a full 64% have never installed security software or apps to keep their mobile devices more secure from malware and viruses. Nearly half of all targeted cyber attacks are directed at companies with less than 500 employees, and weak mobile security can be a major point of entry. So how do you stay protected on the go?

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