Preventing Infection

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While everybody who uses the Internet should have good anti-virus protection, all too often this is simply not enough.  When using the Internet everyone should be practicing safe browsing habits as well.  When it comes to the Internet there is no such thing as 100% protection, your computer is a tool and it is only as good, and protected as …

CryptoWall 2.0

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A new version of the CryptoWall ransomware has been released, titled CryptoWall 2.0, that includes numerous “enhancements” by the malware developer, to resolve issues in the previous version.  Since it was first released, CryptoWall has been a huge threat for computer users and network administrators, as it will encrypt all local data, as well as all data found on network shares. CryptoWall 2.0 now includes upgrades that …

A Short List of Basic Tips for a Longer Lasting PC

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Here are a couple of simple things to keep in mind about your computer, to help it have a good long life. Your PC should always be plugged into a power strip/surge protector.  Power spikes and outages can cause major hardware and software issues.  If you experience frequent power outages, you may want to consider getting a battery backup surge protector. Make …

MALWARE, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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This is a repost of our very first blog, back in August of 2010.  In general, not much has changed in the Malware world- it’s still out there, and you still need to protect yourself.  If anything, its coders have gotten sneakier, so our tools have also changed, to keep up with the threats.  We no longer recommend Norton Anti-Virus, as …

Use Google Drive or Another Cloud Service?

Ashley Bonner PC Tips

Google recently announced that it’s added a new feature to its cloud service, Google Drive, that will let users more easily launch files that they’ve saved in the cloud. The “catch” is that this new feature is available only as an optional Chrome extension. It will work by letting users right-click on an application they’ve stored in Google Drive, and then open …

Should Your 10-Year-Old Have a Smartphone?

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First, a caveat: we know this issue of giving youngsters smartphones is a very personal decision, something each family must decide on its own. We also know that we potentially could be opening the proverbial can of worms here (but we’ve read that controversy is good for blogs, so here we go….) There are pretty much two very opposing camps …

Keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know

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With the invention of the modern computer mouse, many users may have forgotten the keyboard shortcuts that are comparable to options in the right click menu.  Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know for Windows, to hone their keyboard ninja skills. Because, let’s face it … it’s not always practical to use a mouse when you’re on the …

Cybercriminals Stopped

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Cybercrime centers around the world cooperated to stop the ring of criminals responsible for multiple scams in recent years.  To get an idea of the magnitude of the operation: the US Justice Department, the UK National Crime Agency, the European Cybercrime Centre and agencies in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Ukraine, Germany and Italy all participated, along with Intel …

Malvertising on the Rise!

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On August 5, security giant Cisco Systems released their midyear security report, which focused on multiple different vulnerabilities hackers are currently using, across the globe.  While most of the report featured numerous low-risk vulnerabilities, that we’ve been seeing for some time now, they also identified a new trend on the rise, called ‘malvertising’. Now, in today’s more tech-savvy culture, many of us …