Is Your Computer Live Bait?

Bottom line: Are you live bait?

The answer is yes or no.

Yes, if you’re going it alone 

No, if you’re a client of iVenture

Not part of iVenture yet?

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The Rundown

There’s a vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services. For those IT-lovers like ourselves, the vulnerability’s name is CVE-2019-0708. For everyone else, see where your Windows OS is on the spectrum.

At Risk Safe
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012 including R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

If your Windows systems are at risk, act now. This vulnerability doesn’t need anything, like user sign-in or link clicking, to trigger it. In IT terms, this means it’s “wormable” and that’s bad news.

What Could Happen

Risky Windows systems allow malware to take advantage of the vulnerability. Once the malware infects one vulnerable computer, it can “worm” or spread to others. Your entire network could be infected in seconds!

Risks include:

  • Ransomware
  • Spyware
  • Viruses

Ever heard of WannaCry? This guide explains it nicely.

As of now, there hasn’t been malware exploitation. But let’s be clear, hackers will jump on this. You’d better be protected before they do, or risk WannaCry déjà vu.

What You Can Do

 

iVenture Clients

If you’re part of iVenture, we’ve got you covered. Your dedicated team is making sure your technology is up-to-date and protected.

We have web and end-user filters in place, along with regular patching as part of normal service. We’ve got the patch in place for Windows 7 users. For XP and 2003 users, we’ll reach out soon for manual updates.

Says Stephen Booth, iVenture Support Service Manager, “The best thing you can do is work with your iVenture technical account manager and principal consultant.”

“Make sure you’re following your IT roadmap and scheduled refresh cycles.” Have you upgraded from Windows 7 yet?

Proactive Businesses

If you’re not part of iVenture yet, contact whoever supports your IT. Because this vulnerability was just discovered, they may not know about it.

If you don’t have IT support, update your Windows system as soon as possible. Check for specific updates here, then get a second opinion.

Booth offers advice. “Ensure you’re on a regular patching schedule. Install quality anti-virus software and use web filtering across your network to be protected.”

Don’t be live bait.  iVenture Solutions is an award-winning managed service provider delivering superior IT solutions to clients across Florida. As a leading-edge IT firm for small and medium-sized businesses, we provide a diverse range of services covering the entire scope of IT including maintenance, support, hosting and more.

Through rapid response time, reduction of chaos and the right people, our expert team of IT professionals will fulfill your technology needs. At iVenture, we give you more time to do what matters most. 

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