Bringing 21st Century to Old Space

We’ve been working with one of our customers and our partners to update a very old space in Downtown Frederick for use in the Digital Age! The space features great old lumber, art deco metal work, and tons of character.

Now, the space is ready for meetings, trainings, and conferences with wireless network access, Voice Over IP phones and conference phones, 70″ monitors on the walls, and wireless HDMI to allow anyone to quickly connect from laptops, tablets, and even smart phones.

We’ll post some more photos of the Digital Age Solution for this retrofit of an amazing space soon!

Here’s How Easy It Is to Get Trump Officials to Click on a Fake Link in Email

With the recent Google Docs phishing scheme and all the hacks of politicians, one would hope for a higher level of suspicion when it comes to emails with links. 

Gizmodo demonstrated the lack of suspicion within one group who should really be on heightened awareness,  White House officials and advisors.

http://gizmodo.com/heres-how-easy-it-is-to-get-trump-officials-to-click-on-1794963635

These phishing attacks represent a large percentage of security hacks. It is much easier to trick users into giving access than actually hacking devices or networks.

Remember to always err on the side of caution. If someone wants to share a document with you, verify the email address, the link’s URL, or ask Digital Age Solution. We are happy to help protect you and your information.

Be Prepared for Storms

This week, we’ve seen our first computers of the season to be damaged by lightning!

As the weather gets warmer, thunderstorms crop up a lot more often. With them, damaging lightning strikes wreak havoc on sensitive electronics, like your valuable information technology systems.

Often, Digital Age Solution technicians can swap out a power supply and get you back up and running. Other times, the electrical surges rush through to the motherboard or other parts of the computer equipment.

These can be costly repairs.

Help protect your technology with a Digital Age Solution. Our technicians can help you choose the right equipment for your situation. From surge protectors to unlimited power supplies, each has a specific use and provides a different level of protection.

If you’ve already fell victim of the storms, give us a call and we’ll get you back up and running!

Google Phishing Attack

If someone invites you to edit a file in Google Docs today, don’t open it — it may be spam from a phishing scheme that’s been spreading quickly this afternoon. As detailed on Reddit, the attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, takes them to a real Google sign-in screen, then asks them to “continue to Google Docs.” But this grants permissions to a (malicious) third-party web app that’s simply been named “Google Docs,” which gives phishers access to your email and address book.

The key difference between this and a very simple email phishing scheme is that this doesn’t just take you to a bogus Google page and collect your password — something you could detect by checking the page URL. It works within Google’s system, but takes advantage of the fact that you can create a non-Google web app with a misleading name. Here’s what the permissions screen looks like, for example:

Google Docs phishing screen

If you check the title for developer information, though, you’ll get something like this:

Gdocs Phishing attempt

  •  If you’ve clicked the link, your account may have already sent spam messages to the people in your address book. But you can revoke future access through Google’s “Connected Apps and Sites” page; where it will appear as “Google Docs.”
  • Google Docs phishing access

Laundry . . . There’s an App for That!

With Samsung’s newest washer and dryer, you can control your laundry with an app. The Internet of Things is here in the Digital Age.

Want an App to Load Instantly instead of Installing It?


Google announced on Monday that Android Instant Apps are available on a “limited test” basis for users.

Instead of browsing to the Google Play Store, users will click a link and instantly have the app running. It will be like opening a web page.

Apps availabe instantly today are BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki.

Poster Thin TVs Are Here

OK. This is a Digital Age Solution that we want. It may be a while before its affordable for most of us, but this is a game changer!

Digital Age Santa

 

Shopping for technology couldn’t be easier at Digital Age Solution. From our custom-built computers to classes in our new DAS Lab, we have something for everyone on your list.

DAS Computers are on sale leading up to Christmas. We build our computers for each customer. So, we ask that all orders be placed by the week before Christmas.

Christmas ComputerDAS Safe & Secure makes a great gift! This service provides security software, cloud-based back-up, and remote monitoring and management.

We offer gift certificates, too. They can be used for any of our products, services, or classes at the DAS Lab.

So, let Digital Age Solution be the elves for your Digital Age Santa!

Windows 10 is now installed on 75 million PCs after just four weeks

Original Article from The Verge

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just four weeks. Microsoft has been rolling out Windows 10 in waves, as a free upgrade for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users. While it’s difficult to compare exact figures between Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft “sold” 40 million licenses of Windows 8 a month after its debut. It took Microsoft six months to get to 100 million licenses of Windows 8, and it’s clear the free aspect of Windows 10 is obviously driving higher adoption rates.

An encouraging start for Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi revealed the figure today, alongside some more interesting statistics about Windows 10. More than 90,000 unique PCs or tablet models have been upgraded to Windows 10 in 192 countries. That’s nearly every country on the planet. Xbox One owners have streamed nearly 122 years of gameplay to Windows 10 PCs. More importantly, Mehdi revealed that the Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen six times more downloads per device than Windows 8. That’s an encouraging start to Microsoft’s universal apps goal.

While Microsoft has been rolling out Windows 10 in waves, there are ways to avoid the wait. There’s even methods to clean install Windows 10 if you want to remove the cruft of your previous version of Windows and wipe out the upgrade. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you can read our review here to get a closer look at Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Scammers Trick Users Into Locking Systems

With the highly publicized release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 on July 29th, scammers and malware developers were quick to jump in and use it as a method of distributing malware. Cisco’s Talos Group has discovered a email campaign underway that pretends to be from Microsoft and contains an attachment that will supposedly allow you to upgrade to Windows 10. In reality, though, this email is fake and once you double-click on the attached file, you will instead become infected with the encrypting ransomware CTB-Locker.

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Image of fake Windows Update Email courtesy of Cisco

As you can see the email pretends to be from the email address update@microsoft.com and contains the subject [b]Windows 10 Free Update. Even the email message looks legitimate with no spelling mistakes or strange grammar. This is because the content is copied directly from Microsoft’s site. The only tell-tale sign is that there will be some characters that do not render properly. Unfortunately, this small sign will not be enough for many people to notice.

Furthermore, once they download the attachment and extract it, the attached Win10Installer.exe icon will be the familiar Windows 10 logo.

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It isn’t until you inspect the file properties of the attachment, do you see that something is not right as its file description will be iMacros Web Automation and the copyright for the program will belong to Ipswitch. Ipswitch is a legitimate company and not the ones who released this malware.

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Finally, if a user double-clicks on the Win10Installer.exe file, they will not be greeted with the normal Windows 10 upgrade screen. Instead, after a brief delay they will be shown the screen for the CTB-Locker ransomware.

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At this point, the computer’s data will be encrypted and there is not much that can be done about it.