“I Give Up!”

Cybersecurity. Ransomware. Antivirus.

If you own any sort of electronic computing device, these are just a few terms that have become a part of your daily life.  With all that is out there in cyberspace and the news, it’s a wonder that we still have any trust in technology at all.  Honestly, some people are getting quite fed up and are ready to throw in the towel, but reality won’t even let them.

The truth is that technology isn’t going away.  The other truth is that neither are the security risks.  I know at times it must seem that the world is falling apart around us electronically, especially after the last week with the WANNACRY ransomware attack.If you are unfamiliar with what has been going on, last week a ransomware infection started in Europe and has now infected thousands of computers in hundreds of industries across more than 150 countries.  The hardest hit was most likely the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK.  Many hospitals had computers and equipment infected and rendered useless, at least temporarily.  It has been a very scary time.

If you are unfamiliar with what has been going on, last week a ransomware infection started in Europe and has now infected thousands of computers in hundreds of industries across more than 150 countries.  The hardest hit was most likely the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK.  Many hospitals had computers and equipment infected and rendered useless, at least temporarily.  It has been a very scary time.

If you’d like more specifics about the infection I’m including several links to other, more detailed articles for you to read.  The short of it is that a weakness in an older, outdated and unsupported version of Windows (XP) was exploited.  The worst part, other than the outdated operating systems, is that the infections came via PHISHING attacks.  PHISHING involves people receiving infected emails they think are legitimate and it is the most common method of distributing this type of attack.

I don’t want to get bogged down in the details of this today though.  What I want to do is acknowledge that there are so many of you out there that just want to live your lives and trust the technology you have to increase the efficiency and quality of your life.  That, after all, is its intended purpose.  Nothing new comes without risk, but I know many of you ask why you should be a technology expert just to stay safe online.

The truth is that you shouldn’t have to.  You should be able to trust that the technology you use is safe, for you and for your family.  That is mainly why we created Cyber Watchtower.  We want you to be able to just enjoy life and use these technological tools without fear of all the risk that comes with it.  I make it my mission to educate and help people with these issues as much as I can because I know they scare and intimidate most of you.

We will try to keep you as informed as we can.  Just remember, we are here for you if you need us.  Do not hesitate to even just ask us questions if you need a better understanding of something.

Take care of yourselves out there.

As always, stay connected. Stay safe.

Austin Bynum
Chief Watchman
Cyber Watchtower

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