Upgrade This One Thing And Your Slow Computers Will Be Blazingly Fast

August 22, 2017

These days, time is the most important thing. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” That being said, most people don’t want to waste time waiting for a computer to load or power on or anything like that. So… In the interest of time <wink>, allow me to cut to the chase… Odds are that you have something in your computer called a hard drive. There are other components of…

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NBC Nightly News: New Law – Internet Providers Can Now Sell Your Data Without Consent

April 12, 2017

President Trump recently signed a law that will change the Internet landscape a bit. The recently signed law allows Internet service providers to now sell or share some data about customers’ Internet browsing. In the NBC Nightly News video below Tom Costello examines the details of the new law. President Donald Trump signed the law recently that prevents privacy rules that were passed last year from coming into effect. These rules…

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Easter Holiday Phishing Scams And Malware Campaigns

April 12, 2017

As the Easter holiday approaches, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) reminds users to stay aware of holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include: Unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams) Electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware) Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or solicitations from sources that are not real charities False…

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Reporting Ransomware Attacks And The Effects On Your Business

April 8, 2017

The ransomware alert from the FBI (which advises against paying the ransom at all) provides nine factors to include when reporting ransomware attacks: The date of infection. The ransomware variant, which is identified on the ransom page or by the encrypted file extension. Information about the victim company, including its industry type, business size and so on. Details about how the infection occurred, such as through a malicious link in an…

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IRS Warns of Last-Minute Tax Scams

March 22, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of phishing email scams targeting last-minute tax filers. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes and includes recommendations to protect against them: strengthen passwords, recognize phishing attempts, and forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov. Tax payers and tax professionals are encouraged to review the IRS alert and US-CERT‘s advice on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.  

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Comcast Subscribers: Security Concerns About Your XFINITY WiFi Hotspot In Your Home

March 21, 2017

We’ve been noticing how widespread Comcast’s Xfinity WIFI Hotspots have become. They seem to be everywhere nowadays, even in your own home. However, most probably don’t realize that there are a few things that may raise concerns. Although the Xfinity WIFI Hotspots are convenient when you’re out and about, there are some aspects that may make you think twice about having one in your own home. By the way, Xfinity…

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Microsoft Ending Support For Windows Vista

March 18, 2017

All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive: Security updates, Non-security hotfixes, Free or paid assisted support options, or Online technical content updates from Microsoft. Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of…

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US-CERT: IRS Releases Tax-Time Guide

March 18, 2017

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released tax-time advice intended to help the public protect their personal and financial data and computers. Recommendations include using strong passwords, backing up files, and using robust security software to help block malware and viruses. Users and administrators are encouraged to review the IRS Tax-Time Guide (below) and US-CERT Tip ST05-014, Real-World Warnings Keep You Safe Online, for additional…

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An Increase In Virus And Malware Scares Recently (Malvertising)

March 4, 2017

It’s enough to cause a bit of concern and “batten down the hatches” on the security of your computers and devices. Over the course of the last month or two, we’ve noticed a rise in the number of calls we received regarding Malvertising. Malvertising is the practice of incorporating malware (software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems) into online advertisements. Malware, or software that is intended to…

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Safe And Secure Storage: 10 Tips To Protect Yourself From Data Loss

December 15, 2016

These days everything is digital. From family photos and family albums to work documents. Thus, it’s important to have safe and secure storage. It’s quite common nowadays to take a photo, video, or create a work document on your cell phone, but then it may never get from your cell phone to another device to allow you to back it up. Should you be one of the unlucky ones, you may…

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