New strain of ransomware spotted in Europe, is your data protected?

A new ransomware attack was spotted in Europe that is using Dropbox as a delivery tool. It only takes one click to infect a workstation and a victim has just 24 hours to pay the ransom in Bitcoin, which is very aggressive. It’s called the “Pacman” ransomware.

The ransomware strain is highly malicious. Besides containing a ransomware payload, the code includes a keylogger and has “kill process” capabilities that shut down Windows operating system functions like taskmgr, cmd, regedit and more which makes it very hard to remove this malware.

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Punctuation & symbols that Google Search recognizes

 

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You can use special characters and words to get more specific search results. Except for the examples below, most punctuation is ignored. For example, a search for dogs! is seen by Google as dogs.

Punctuation & symbols that Google Search recognizes

Even though the symbols below are supported, including them in your searches doesn’t always improve the results. If we don’t think the punctuation will give you better results, you may see suggested results for that search without punctuation.

Note: When you search using symbols, don’t add any spaces between the symbol and your search terms. For example, a search for -dogs will work, but – dogs will not.

Symbol
+ What you can use it for Search for Google+ pages or blood types
Examples: +Chrome and AB+

@ Find social tags
Example: @agoogler

$ Find prices
Example: nikon $400

# Find popular hashtags for trending topics Example: #throwbackthursday

– Remove words

When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes results that include that word or site. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.

Examples: jaguar speed -car and pandas -site:wikipedia.org

Connect words
When the dash is in between multiple words, Google will know the words are strongly connected.

Example: twelve-year-old dog

_ Connect two words like quick_sort. Your search results will find this pair of words either linked together (quicksort) or connected by an underscore (quick_sort).

” When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as what’s inside the quotes.

Note: Only use this if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you’ll exclude many helpful results by mistake.

Example: “imagine all the people”

* Add an asterisk within a search as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.

Example: “a * saved is a * earned”

.. Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.

Example: camera $50..$100

Use search operators to narrow down results

Search operators are words that can be added to searches to help narrow down the results. Don’t worry about memorizing every operator – you can also use the Advanced Search page to create these searches.

Note: When you search using operators, don’t add any spaces between the operator and your search terms. A search for site:nytimes.com will work, but site: nytimes.com will not.

Operator What you can use it for

site: Get results from certain sites or domains. For example, you can find all mentions of “olympics” on the NBC website, or any .gov websites.

Examples: olympics site:nbc.com and olympics site:.gov

link: Find pages that link to a certain page. For example, you can find all the pages that link to google.com.

Example: link:google.com

related: Find sites that are similar to a URL you already know. If you search for related sites to the time.com, you’ll find other news publication sites you may be interested in.

Example: related:time.com

OR If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.

Example: world cup location 2014 OR 2018

info: Get information about a URL, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.

Example: info:google.com

cache: See what a page looks like the last time Google crawled the site.

Example: cache:washington.edu

China admits to having an army of hackers, is your data safe?

China finally admits it has special cyber warfare units — and a lot of them. This is the “advanced persistent threat” cyber security experts have been pointing to.

Virus removalThe hackers are known as unit 61398 is also known as the “comment crew,” and has systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations across 20 industries worldwide since as early as 2006.