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> Are you protected against these cyber threats?

July 12, 2019 1:18 pm

As the online landscape changes, and new cyber threats emerge, cyber security has to adjust and change. Using just the security software that comes pre-installed with your Windows computer is not enough. I have been looking for solutions to the following items that I have seen customers become...

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> Tariffs could raise cost of laptops, tablets, cell phones

June 21, 2019 2:26 pm

If you are thinking of buying a laptop or tablet, you might want to do it sooner than later. Recently announced tariffs from the Trump Administration could raise laptop prices by as much as 19 percent or $120, no matter which manufacturer made them.  This is according to a

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> What to do if your hard drive crashes

June 7, 2019 8:12 am

Your computer’s hard drive is a piece of equipment, and like any other piece of equipment (ie: your car’s water pump, your washer, dryer, or dishwasher) it will eventually break. It is not a matter of if your computer hard drive will crash, but when. I strongly recommend backing up...

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> The Problem with Re-Using Passwords & a Solution - Password Manager Program

March 26, 2019 5:03 pm

Facebook revealed last week that its platform mistakenly kept a copy of passwords for "hundreds of millions" users in plaintext. If you are one of the affected users, your Facebook and Instagram password was readable to some of the Facebook engineers who have internal access to the servers and...

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> FBI recommends routers be power cycled to disrupt malware infection

May 25, 2018 2:14 pm

The FBI recommends that small office and home office routers be power cycled - rebooted or unplugged for a few seconds, then plugged back in - to disrupt possible malware infection. The firmware (software that controls hardware) for these devices should also be updated to the latest version....

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> New Major Update of Patch My PC Released

February 20, 2018 11:09 am

Several years ago I was looking for an easier way for my customers to update Adobe Flash Player and Java on their computers. My research had indicated that their computers were getting infected with viruses and other malware (malicious software) due to vulnerabilities in outdated...

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> True Christmas story (from a few years ago)

January 2, 2018 5:22 pm

The following is a true story from a few years ago.

A dad found a laptop on sale and bought it as a last minute Christmas present for his family. It was opened on Christmas day, and his son, little Johnny, immediately wanted to play with it. Unfortunately, within an hour or two of playing...

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> Buying a new computer? Do you know what to buy and how to properly set it up?

November 21, 2017 6:37 pm

Buying a new computer for the upcoming holiday season? 
Do you know a good deal from a bad deal? 

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Sometimes spending just a little more money can result in getting a much better computer, one...

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> Online Security Tips for Shopping on Cyber Monday (or any other day)

November 20, 2017 9:36 pm

Shopping online on Cyber Monday (or any other day)? Here Are Some Online Security Tips:

  1. Use a credit card, not a debit card. Better recourse. Better protection vs. fraud.
  2. Consider using a separate credit card, with a smaller credit limit, for shopping online .
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> CCleaner hacked with malware; what is known & what to do

September 18, 2017 3:56 pm

Piriform announced on Monday that on September 12th, 2017 they discovered that the 32-bit version of their CCleaner and CCleaner Cloud programs were infected with malware. Approximately 3% of their CCleaner customers, specifically those running  32-bit Windows 10, were affected. The versions...

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> Cyber Security

June 21, 2017 12:55 pm

Cyber breaches are becoming a daily occurrence. Whether you are part of a large company, small company, governmental unit, or using your home computer or mobile device, you are at risk if you don’t take proper precautions to secure your systems. What are the risks and what should be...

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> The Importance of Keeping Your Computer Patched

June 19, 2017 6:55 pm

A key component of staying safe online is keeping your computer up-to-date. Hackers and virus writers love outdated software. It might contain a security vulnerability or “hole” that can provide them with access to your computer. Outdated software can also be buggy, or have...

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