Security

Spyware by Phone

Malware creators and distributors are kicking it up a notch at the local level.  It’s no longer good enough to just have Antivirus Software, we are to the point where a monthly (if not weekly) scan of your computer with a suitable Spyware Scanner is almost a requirement.  Now however, something that I’ve only seen as an issue at the business level is starting to trickle down and...

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Prevent Spyware – Slow Down A Little

Spyware and Viruses are becoming a larger and larger problem as the year goes by.  The only research I’ve done into that fact is the number of instances that I’m seeing pop up on my clients’ computers.  It’s moving from a “Common Home PC / Occasional Work PC Issue” to a “Common Everyone Issue”.    Now I’m forced to answer the hard...

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DNS Changer Malware and DCWG

A couple of months ago I started seeing articles and Facebook posts about this DNS Changer Malware that will “shut off your internet”.  These articles and posts all point you to the same place, a supposedly government backed website, http://www.dcwg.org/.  Everything about this screamed “Hoax!” at me, the way it popped up out of no where, the way it went viral on...

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Know Your Wares

I’ve noticed that sometimes when I talk to people I get a funny look.  I will usually make sure I don’t have an eye crusty and then check my fly, but I’m finding more and more that it’s the language that I use.  The Technology World has a ton of terms that are tossed around and rarely defined for the average user.  A few weeks back I tried my hardest to define Virtualization, but...

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Watch Out on Cyber Monday

Watch Out on Cyber Monday

So called “Cyber-Monday” is tomorrow and even though there isn’t a lot of data to back up the suggestion that more online shopping will be done that day than any other day of the year, there is data that suggests more scams are attempted and succeed on that day.  What should you be on the lookout for? The Big Gift Every year there is the one present that every kid must have....

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Why Pay for Antivirus Software?

Why Pay for Antivirus Software?

I’m amazed over and over by the number of people that don’t have Antivirus Software on their computers because it costs too much to renew.  Each time I explain to someone that there are free options when it comes to Antivirus I get the look that says, “If it’s free, what’s wrong with it?” In my opinion Antivirus software needs to do exactly two things; protect your computer and do it...

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