Brian Gongol joined us just after the 7:30 news this morning to talk about "CryptoLocker: Ransomware Back With A Vengance". It's a nasty piece of maalware doing the rounds that encrypts files on a victim's computer and issues an ultimatum: pay up or lose your data. A pop-up window with a 100-hour countdown begins and you're given details how to pay the ransom, which typically ranges between $100 and $700. If the money is paid, a key is supplied to decrypt your files. If not, the key is destroyed and your files are lost forever. Brian said to make sure you are using a reputable anti-virus software to protect your computer...he suggested either Kaspersay or Norton Anti-Virus, and back-up your files somewhere other than on your computer.
November is National Diabetes Month and Daphne Haselhuhn of the American Diabetes Foundation joined us in the studio just after the 6:30 news. Daphne has type I diabetes. All donations and funds raised here in Iowa from events with the American Diabetes Foundation stay right here in Iowa for education and research. If you would like to help with fund raisers, donate and just find out more information, go to www.diabetes.org/desmoines or www.diabetes.org/volunteer.
Glenn Lyons, President and CEO of the Downtown Des Moines Community Alliance joined us in the studio just after the 8:30 news. The Wonder of Words Festival is underway all across the city of Des Moines. To get a schedule of events, go to www.WonderOfWordsFest.com.
Two Van & Bonnie events coming up this week that you need to pre-register for..."Surviving The Health Care Jungle-Planning For In-Home Health Care"...this Thursday from 4-6PM at the Blank Park Zoo...call 515-224-4566 or e -mail to email@example.com. Also, the Van & Bonnie All Iowa Trivia Bee on Friday morning, 5-9AM...pre-register by going to www.whoradio.com and clicking on the Trivia Bee logo on the right-hand side of the home page.
Tomorrow on Van & Bonnie, more Jim Brickman tickets, Des Moines Symphony tickets, "Turk or Tweet" (turkey from Lambert & Ewers) and tickets for Iowa's Premiere Beer, Wine & Food Event.
Try not to blow away today!