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  • Fake Error Messages

    July 14, 2016

    There you are just cruising around the internet, checking Facebook or maybe browsing Reddit, when all of the sudden you get a pop-up message saying that something is wrong with your computer and you need to call some 1-800 number for help. You try to click the little red “x” to close the screen, but nothing seems to happen. Your computer seems to be frozen. Don’t panic, and whatever [...]

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    Uh-oh

    July 14, 2016

    Accidents happen. We all know that electronic devices + liquid = bad, but sometimes we get a little clumsy, or an over-excited child or pet comes along and OOPS! What do I do? Believe it or not, a spilling something on your laptop isn’t always a death sentence. If you act fast enough, it is possible to save your computer. Turn it off The first thing you want to do is turn off your[...]

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    Avoid exposing yourself to malware : When installing software, always choose the “custom” option. If given an option to choose a “custom” installation vs. “express”, “recommended”  or whatever, always choose “custom”. Why? Because chances are that they are trying to trick you to installing bundled third party programs, browser extensions, or tool bars (yes, those are [...]

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    Backing up your data.

    July 14, 2016

    We take pictures with our smart phones instead of 35mm cameras. We send emails to one another instead of letters. We download our favorite music instead of buying albums. We rely more and more on digital data storage than on “old fashioned” methods. That being said, it’s now more important than ever to make sure that our data is properly backed up. Physical vs. The Cloud: Data can [...]

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    One of the best ways you keep everything running smoothly is to always be sure that your operating system is up-to-date. This is by and large an automated process these days, but it never hurts to do a manual check from time to time; Windows 10 updates your OS automatically by default, pretty awesome right? On Windows 8 and 8.1 bring up the Charms menu by swiping from the right to the left [...]

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    “Crypto” Ransomware

    July 14, 2016

    It seems that “Crypto” Ransomware has been making the news once again. What exactly is it, and more importantly how can you protect yourself? The most common (and infamous) “crypto” virus would  probably CryptoLocker (Also known as “Bitlocker” or “Cryptowall”) is a rather nasty bug that can encrypt all of a user’s files, and demand that a ransom (usually a couple of Bitcoins [...]

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    If you’ve been using the same password for everything since you got that shiny AOL disc in the mail so very long ago, it’s probably time to change those passwords. You’ll want your new passwords to be strong, but not something that you’ll easily forget. A “strong” password is generally six or more characters, a combination of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, and [...]

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    Telephone Scam Alert!

    July 14, 2016

    SCAM ALERT! “Hi, my name is Chris, I’m calling from Microsoft. We’ve noticed that you have a number of errors on your computer and would like to fix them.” Woah! Hold on a second there. Microsoft doesn’t make it a habit of monitoring whether or not the people using their products are experiencing “errors” or other issues with their products. That would be virtually [...]

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