Well, if you haven’t heard by now, one of the worst computer worms in current history, Conficker, is spreading rapidly throughout the Internet and will deliver its payload on April 1st.
First off, Mac & Linux users can stop reading now (unless you want to help your friends using Windows PCs, Notebooks and Servers).
One Easy Test to see if you’re infected – Go to Symantec and Mcafee websites. If you cannot get to these sites via this blog, you may have the virus, as it blocks you from these sites.
Symptoms of Conficker
- The worm resets System Restore points and disables a number of system services such as Windows Automatic Update, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting.
- Account lockout policies being reset automatically.
- Domain controllers responding slowly to client requests.
- Unusual amounts of traffic on local area networks.
How can you protect your machine?
I know this will come as a great shock to all of my regular readers, but might be new to those of you reading for first time:
1) Run all your Windows and Microsoft Updates
2) Update and run your anti-virus software
3) Update and run your anti-spyware software
4) Run an on-line scan
5) Great Solution from Panda A vaccine for your computer and your USB hard drive/removable drives – a common way Conficker spreads.
I’ve created a security page with a whole mess of free security tools. Take your pick!
Microsoft explains Conficker. Wikipedia goes into even more details.
We do Windows – We do Macs. You can be either one – we’re computer operating system agnostic. They’re both computers and we’ll help you any time – day/night to fix them. When we’re not around – especially with your Mac/iPod and iPhone woes, here are a few sites to help you out during the few hours we sleep per night.
1. ITM Computing.
Again: We. Are. So. There
2. Mac Hints and Tips. This site offers a really cool newsletter in pdf that is also a compilation of fellow Mac users’ most helpful and newest hints, that is usually pages long. Okay, they ask for a donation and true, they deserve it.
3. Google for Mac. That’s right. A Google just for you.
4. Mac Options. This one has a special section just for newbies. (We just love keyboard shortcuts!)
Nobody keeps their manuals anymore. But these folks have ’em all! You can download your iPod manuals or iTunes how-tos for FREE!
8. Ask Dave Taylor
. You can ask this guy anything. Anything. Bizarre, simplistic,you name it.
9. Lost IPod. If you lost your precious music mini-robot, there’s a chance that someone picked it up and they are good person who believes that every iPod deserves its rightful parent. Just search for your music mini-robot’s serial number, and if someone found it and registered, you might just bring him back home…but you’ll take better care of him from now on, right?
10. Mac Tutorials, News and Reviews. Practical tips. Also offers “Daily Mac Tips” in iTunes or non-iTunes format (An homage to the old “Apple a Day” adage, just for your computer.)
Blip. What more needs to be said.
It’s such a great use of Web 2.0 community. You start by finding your favorite music. You listen. You blip. Basically, blipping is a way to share a short message while sharing your favorite song.
You start blipping like crazy – and soon you attract a following. You give “props” to folks – telling them you like their style. They “prop” you. In addition to propping, you start adding your favorite DJs. As you start getting more and more DJs, you get quite a diverse, ecletic set of music. After a few days of blipping out, you can just rest – go to your Blip
page, kick back and let the music begin. It plays song after song of your favorite folks – just like a radio station – except, no commercials!! You can buy the song your listening to and can often turn it into a ring tone. If you’re tired of listening to your favorite DJs, listed to your own playlist!
But, wait, there’s more. . . . you can hook up Blip to Twitter and Facebook (if you have Twitter enabled) and about 5 other social networking sites. So every time you Blip
, your songs go to all you peeps. Speaking of peeps, like all other Social networking sites, you can import all of your email addresses via web-based or a list of addresses.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get the Blip
out of her and start Blipping!
PS Don’t forget to put the “.fm” at the end of blip, or it will be a funky experience.
PPS Speaking of Facebook, have you signed up for Clyde’s “Pump UP your Facebook Strategy”
class on April 9th, yet? It will Pump UP your business and give you forward momentum to grow your business.