Monthly Archives: May 2016

Share Notes with OneNote Within One Drive

You can share your notes on a project or document with One Note, so long as it is saved in your One Drive!    To save a note to your One Drive, open up One Note.   You can create a new notebook and it will ask you where you would like to create it.

Name New Notebook

Select New>OneDrive   Then it will bring a window up wanting to know what you want to name it.  Name it and then click create.

After you’ve created the new notebook, it will prompt you to Invite People.   Select Invite People.

One Note Invite People

This following screen will come up and ask you to type names or email addresses to share it with.  Type all email addresses, then the box right after that allows you to assign different permissions.  Here I have allowed “Can Edit” on it. Then select the Share button.

Share One Note

Then it sends an email to the users you shared it with and they can open it and work on it at the same time you are!!!  It’s pretty awesome!!!

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Record Audio Notes in One Note AND Record Notes on Your Phone and Airdrop Them to One Note!

Ironically late due to technical difficulties!  LOL!  The new mirroring software I was using needed some tweaking!

Taking Meeting Notes with One Note

How to Help Prevent Ransomware Attacks

What is Ransomware?  According to Wikipedia it is the following:

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Some forms of ransomware systematically encrypt files on the system’s hard drive, which become difficult or impossible to decrypt without paying the ransom.

I’ve dealt with CryptoWall and it worked fast and rendered the computer useless after a few hours.

It’s shocking how easy it is to do.  Cylance a newer Anti-Virus(AV) with Artificial Intelligence instead of Anti-Virus Definitions listed this picture on their website.

Encryptor_RaaS_7

This is from a website on the Dark Web.  No I’ve never visited there!   Essentially it’s a form to fill out that will create the Ransomware code for you.  NO CODING INVOLVED on their end!!!!!   Frightening!!!

So now that I have officially scared you, how do you prevent it?

  • ALWAYS keep your whatever Anti-Virus you use up to date!   Don’t have money for Anti-Virus software?    There are a quite a few excellent free Anti-Virus programs.  Avast, AVG, Panda, Sophos, ZoneAlarm and Bitdefender to name a few!
  • Run a software firewall like Windows Firewall, ZoneAlarm AV has a firewall built into it,  or Sophos XG Firewall Home Edition.  Still don’t feel secure, buy a physical firewall.  Like the Netgear ProSafe or the Cisco RV110W-A-NA-K9 (who came up with that name??)
  • Make sure your Operating System has all the latest updates!
  • Use a Malware solution like Malwarebytes. Bitdefender has a solution that you pay for your Anti-Virus, Firewall and Malware Protection all in one product, it’s called Total Security 2016.
  • Disable Macros on all Office files.
  • Never open an email attachment from someone you don’t know.
  • Carefully open email attachments from someone you do know.
  • Don’t click on links that you know look sketchy on unfamiliar websites
  • Download this very helpful Ransomware Prevention Kit from Third Tier.  They ask for a small donation to fund and pay for certifications for women in IT.  We NEED more women in IT!!!!
  • Backup your important files on an external hard drive and then only connect it when you need to back up again!
  • Backup frequently

If you should get infected with Ransomware, paying the ransom doesn’t necessarily mean that the criminals doing this will give you your files back.

There is a “Vaccine” available for some flavors of Ransomware provided by BitDefender.

 

 

 

 

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