Awesome things to expect in 2015 from the IT field

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2014 saw a lot of great advances in technology – not just in the IT field, but in many other fields as well.  Here are a few things to keep your eyes and ears peeled for, in the coming year……       *   3D Printers – Printers have been around for longer than most of us have been alive.  They have …

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 …

Fake Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

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People get scammed every day by fake tech support folks making unsolicited phone calls to technically-challenged victims, with the intention of exploiting their computer. Cyber criminals may claim to be “calling on behalf of” Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Center, or Microsoft Support. Microsoft warned that these scammers will try to “convince you to visit legitimate websites and download software that will allow them to …

How to Choose Between a Surge Protector and a UPS for your Computer

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First of all, what is the difference between a surge protector and a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)? Surge protectors provide protection by dissipating any excess power (a surge) and preventing it from reaching your connected devices. Electronic equipment, especially sensitive equipment such as a computer or a hard drive, is designed to operate within a certain power range; if too …

Use Google Drive or Another Cloud Service?

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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 …

It’s Time for a New Desktop/Laptop When…

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When the cost of repairing your desktop/laptop becomes somewhat shocking, it’s probably a good time to purchase a new one.   Some people treat their desktop/laptop as they do a smartphone: they purchase a new one as soon as the latest and greatest version comes out. Which means they could be buying a new unit at least once a year. …

Tablet or Large Smartphone?

Ashley Bonner PC Tips, World of Tech

Remember the mid-2000s, when we thought the Blackberry was the be all! Such a big screen!! Now, it looks sooo tiny. Remember when the teeny screen of a Blackberry was all the rage? And then the teeny (well, it seems teeny today) iPhone first came out and we all gasped at the screen’s size (the phone was more screen than …