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CryptoLocker 2.0 Ransomware Continues to Plague Windows Systems

CryptoLocker 2.0 Ransomware Continues to Plague Windows Systems

The ransomware CryptoLocker continues to infect Windows systems and has so far infected approximately 250,000 PCs. There appears to have been an update to the software too, with the new one being referred to as CryptoLocker 2.0. Some of the machines that have been infected have included a US police department. With an average pay out of $300.00 per machine, millions in laundered Bitcoin have been...

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ICANN Changes Domain Validation Rules

ICANN Changes Domain Validation Rules

ICANN (the governing body for top level domain names) have introduced changes to your domain registration agreement. This change will affect all domain name owners because the domain name contact details supplied will now require validation. This change will begin on 1st January 2014 when ICANN will enforce a new process of validating domain name contact details. Domain names with invalid...

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Yahoo Mail Users Unable to Access their Mail for Three Days

Yahoo Mail Users Unable to Access their Mail for Three Days

A large number of Yahoo Mail users lost access to their cloud based email on Monday night. Two days later, the outage was still reported as ongoing. Customers were growing extremely annoyed with the extended downtime to their email. Yahoo has since acknowledged the issue via Twitter, and now Senior Vice President of communications products Jeff Bonforte has issued an apology at Yahoo’s official...

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WordPress 3.8 “Parker” Released

WordPress 3.8 “Parker” Released

WordPress are proud to announce the released WordPress version 3.8 codenamed “Parker” after the bebop creator Charlie Parker . If you’re not sure what WordPress is, it’s their website and blogging platform and it current powers 20% of all websites on the net. As well as this it accounts for 60% of the content management system market. If you’ve never used it, now is the perfect time...

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Google Apps Two-Step Verification

Google Apps Two-Step Verification

Has anyone you know ever lost control of an email account and inadvertently sent spam—or worse—to their friends and family? There are plenty of examples (like the classic “Mugged in London” scam) that demonstrate why it’s important to take steps to help secure your activities online. There have even been cases where hackers have stolen domain names by accessing a person’s email account. Find out how more about Google’s increased security offerings and how to implement them for your Gmail or Google Apps for Domains account today.

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PageRank Updated by Google Just in Time for Christmas

Webmasters eagerly awaiting to see if PageRank was ever going to update again were suprised to find it had happened. This is the first time since February 2013.Matt Cutts has said that there are no plans for another 2013 PageRank update in 2013 due to technical issues. Matt Cutts was at Pubcon Las Vegas in October and he announced that due to an issue with the pipeline that pushes PageRank data...

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