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Final Source Final Drive

 

Final Drive is the next generation file sharing and storage solution. Designed with military-grade encryption, File Drive is tailored to exceed the security standards of consumer-grade services-such as Dropbox or Google Drive- to create an intuitive user experience without the threat of data corruption and data leakage. To maximize employee productivity, Final Drive syncs corporate data between servers, workstations, laptops, mobile devices, and the cloud, so employees can access critical data virtually anywhere. Through rich security controls and features, administrators govern files and folders, and have the ability to set policies in how data is accessed.  Final Drive is also flexible enough to allow multitenant management to empower user collaboration. Users can share data with internal or external parties.


Key Features

  • Top security with military-grade encryption
  • Business- grade file sync, save and access data from any device
  • Live- support from Final Source Techs, we are only a call away
  • Continuous, real-time backups and restore features to prevent data loss
  • Increased user collaboration, share with internal or external parties
  • Administrator features with granular controls for secure and easy management

 

Whether on-the-go or working from the office, Final Drive has the power to meet the needs of our fast-paced and ever changing business world. With continuous backups, custom or unlimited retention, rapid restores, and live support from our Managed Services team at Final Source, Final Drive is the go-to, business-class sync and share solution. Contact us today to get started.





Final Source Don't Unlock Locky


New malware viruses are spreading at such an alarming rate antivirus manufacturers don’t have enough time to create codes to detect them. Like most malware attacks, one of the new viruses, called the “Locky”, is distributed through email phishing. With the use of sophisticated social engineering, Locky is spreading like wildfire. It is employing an estimated 4,000 new infections per hour. Once installed, Locky renames the victim’s files, scrambles them, and then encrypts the data. Unlike its malware predecessors, Locky is backed by such a resilient server infrastructure that security authorities say the only way to remove the virus and retrieve the lost data is by paying a ransom for a decryption key.

 

That’s right, if there is no backup of the hijacked data, the only resolution many victims are being forced to take is paying up to retrieve their data. Because of Locky's success, security researchers say that Locky isn’t going away anytime soon.


How Can You Prevent a Locky Attack?

While Locky ransomware is aggressive, it is preventable with good security habits. Locky is commonly distributed through spam email with an attached document that contains malicious macros. When the document is opened, the malware requests permission to run a macro which then downloads scripts to install the ransomware. We, at Final Source, have seen the malicious attachments. They come in the false form of an invoice requiring payment for a product/service or as a “voicemail” message. The attackers may also use URL shortners - such as Bitly- in “Click Here” links to disguise their true identity.




WARNING: Never click on an email attachment you are not expecting to receive, even if it is from a sender you recognize. Always verify the incoming attachment from the sender before opening it. See our video about email phishing for more information.

 

How Can You Protect Your Data?

Locky encrypts every commonly used file type, including any networked drive it can find, even if they are unmapped. It also removes any Volume Snapshot Service (VSS), also known as shadow copies. Our techs at Final Source recommend backing up your data more frequently and to keep a recent backup copy off-site by using Final Drive or a similar service such as Drop Box, One Drive, or Google Drive.


How are We Boosting Your Protection and Securing Your Data?

Final Source is putting extra security measures in place for our customers to keep these problems from escalating. Beginning March 1, Final Source will be blocking all executable files indefinitely, even .ZIP files, to provide more aggressive protection for our clients’ data. Though our filtering system scans for viruses and quarantines all infected files, this will ensure any executable file that contains malicious content will not make it to the end user.


For more information about Final Drive and how to get protection for ransomwares, cryptolockers, and other malicious malwares, contact our professional services team.



Written by Tiara Baker

Microsoft-Pop-Up-Scam


Sometimes you don’t have to do anything out of the ordinary to fall victim to a hack attack on your computer. Normal internet use, such as sharing files and browsing the web can cause potential security risks through no fault of the user. Now cyber criminals are also implementing fake security alerts that steal your data, inject viruses, and hijack your money by preying on your good intentions. The latest internet scam is masked as a Microsoft security pop-up, alerting users of suspicious activity found on their computer. But by clicking on the seemingly harmless popup, users download spyware, malware, or adware that infect and freeze their operating system.

The fake security alert looks similar to the one shown above.

The bogus Microsoft popup also urges victims to call a toll free number for assistance –which is a common tech scam to cheat users into giving credit card information for fake tech service. WARNING: Microsoft will never contact you directly if a security threat is found. So don’t be fooled by the “Call Toll Free Number” popups. In the past couple of months thousands of Windows users have been hit for $200-$600 from this malicious internet scam.


Here’s a list of some of the toll free numbers to avoid that are circulating around the web:

  • 1-800-892-4317
  • 020-3589-5697
  • 1-844-858-2908
  • 844-867-4963
  • 1-844-858-2908
  • 844-867-4963
  • 080-0802-1016
  • 888-456-4339
  • 855-280-0768
  • 888-603-4618
  • 1-800-986-6309


Stay Protected

When infected with adware and other viruses, closing out of the browser is not enough and in most cases the cyber crooks have already injected scripts to prevent you from doing so. In other cases, users are continually interrupted with the same annoying popup which probably occurred when a user installed free software that belonged to adware or PUP. Though some of the security alerts look legitimate, our Managed Service Provider (MSP) team at Final Source advise users to never call the toll free number and never allow the “tech agent” from the hotline to gain remote access to your computer.


To get rid of the fake security alert, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to close out of the task and immediately run an antivirus scan. Also opt out of the automatic restore session when you surf the internet again, as it will bring the popup right back.


To keep your computer safe and to prevent spyware, adware, and other wares from infecting your operating system always install antivirus software. MSP expert, TechGuyEd, gives a few recommendations in our Final Source video. For more assistance or to get expert IT consultation contact our professional services team, as Final Source is a Certified Microsoft Partner.


Written by Tiara Baker