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Usually suggestions and recommendations on computer security for small and home based businesses

Your automatic Windows Updates are not working

Most customers have Windows 7 or Windows 8.  Windows now come with an automatic Windows update feature, already turned, on that is set to update your Windows operating system automatically, but it just does not work. What if you had … Read More

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What is the deal with Identity Theft Protection?

The other day someone asked me if they needed Identity Theft protection. My answer was YES. For many years, we have been potential victims of identity but never as much as today. So what has happened to make Identity Theft … Read More

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17 reasons why should you back up your computer?

Tax purposes – What if the IRS calls? Recovery – Do you really want to re-enter all that info? Eliminate Downtime – Hard drives crash Ability to recover from a virus – Many viruses destroy data Disaster recovery – Flood, … Read More

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Do you know why Ostriches stick their heads in holes in the ground?

Ostriches do this, so they do not have to deal with the dangers around them. Business owners do this all the time with their computers and security. Take Home Depot for example. After the Target data breach, most box retail … Read More

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I got a Virus – and I have Antivirus Software installed?

Just because you have Antivirus Software installed does not mean that you cannot get a Virus.  According to Kaspersky Labs, there are 315,000 new malicious files every day that is 218 every minute.  PC World reports that and average of … Read More

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Identity Theft can cause life threatening problems

If your identity is stolen and the person uses your information to visit a doctor, go to an emergency room or go to the dentist and they give the doctor information about themselves that could be detrimental to your health, … Read More

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There are things going on that you do not know about

Is your computer being used to send out Spam emails or acting as a server for people to log into to get their key to unlock their data because they now have the Cryotolocker or Cryptowall virus? There are many … Read More

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Who cares about a back-up? Make time to back-up your computer.

Today I logged into a customer’s computer and the 24” monitor’s desktop was covered with icons. There is nothing wrong with that but it will cause the computer to run slow. More important than that, I asked “are you backing … Read More

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WannaCry Ransomware

I am sick and tired of hearing "backup your system"

Backup your system  is all we hear from all different sources including us. We know we are supposed to backup regularly and many of us do – or do we? When was the last time you backed up your WordPress … Read More

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Your employees control the security of your business

If your receptionist got a call from Microsoft telling her that she had a “critical virus issue” on her computer and they needed to check it out. Would your receptionist, bookkeeper, sales person, know how to respond? Their response will … Read More

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How well do you know your computer?

Do you know what’s running on your computer?  Well, many people answer that question by saying, “Yes! “  However, sometimes we find ourselves too busy to check the programs that are installed on our computers.  At times, we miss the … Read More

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New Domains that are available – NOW

There are a number of domain names that have been released for registration. Now is the time if you want to lock in a unique name or if you are interested in investing in domain names for future use or … Read More

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The new Ebola virus for the Computer

We are living in an ever changing world. We see the technological advancement and new products are being introduced with better security. The hackers also are honing their skill in order to be ahead of the security that maybe put … Read More

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Have you been in the hospital during the last 5 years? You could be an identity theft victim

If you have been admitted or referred to a hospital sometime since 2009 you could be a part of a 29 state, 209 hospital security breach. This has impacted most states south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The following information was … Read More

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Everybody has an IT guy

Everybody has an IT (computer) guy, but what does he do compared to what you need him to do? Very few IT guys do everything and even fewer do everything well. You need someone that can handle the things you … Read More

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Cryptolocker has hit again

I go by the assumption that most people don’t really believe there is a threat when it comes to computer security. Not only that, but I don’t think people even think about it. The most security awareness that the average … Read More

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What type of lures are used for phishing?

One morning as I was enjoying my first hot cup of coffee, I suddenly heard my computer’s email notification sound.  I read the subject line of the message stating, “You have received a new voice-mail.”  As I looked through the … Read More

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Keeping your computer safe is a constant process

I got a call today from a customer that mentioned that he needed to renew his antivirus program. During the process, he was offered a service where they would login and clean up his system. There are two ways this … Read More

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We back-up our computer every week —- I think?

Very often when I am taking to companies and the topic of back-up comes up and I ask them when was the last time you backed-up, the answer is usually one of the following: Last week – I think My … Read More

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Order Details, Payment Overdue, Account alert, Notice to appear

What do these phrases (subject lines) have in common? Order Details Payment Overdue Account alert Notice to appear Incoming Fax Report Delivery Status Notification Discover Card Postal Service Amazon.com They are all email phishing attempts. If the “bad guys’ send … Read More

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Identity Theft – you are completely safe

You would be amazed at the number of people that think they do not need to do anything to protect their identity. People are thinking that since I am not popular or do not have a lot of money, I … Read More

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ShieldsUp (no it is not Star Trek) Check your Firewall

How exposed is your computer / network? There is a tool out there that will allow you to test your vulnerability. https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 What is going to happen is they are going to test your system to see if it is … Read More

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A New Perspective on Computer Security

As a 25 year old, I can honestly say that computer security has never been a topic on the forefront of my mind. I mean I’m young so why should I “waste my time” worrying about that. Well in the … Read More

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Even experts can be fooled by spam

This morning as I was going through hundreds of e-mails from the long weekend I ran across an e-mail that said that one of my many domains has expired and that I needed to act quickly to hang on to … Read More

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Emails are dangerious – beware of cryptolocker

Over the last few days my inbox had been deluged with spam e-mails. I got one from “Discover Card” that looked very legitimate telling me that I needed to update my information immediately and that my card would not work … Read More

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