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Checklist for Employees to Help Prevent a Hack

Phishing scams are constantly evolving to adopt new forms and techniques.  Businesses of all sizes need to take steps to protect themselves.  The average 10,000-employee company spends $3.7 million a year dealing with phishing attacks (Maria Korolov, CSO from IDG, Phishing is a $3.7-million annual cost for average large company, August 26th, 2015 https://www.csoonline.com/article/2975807/cyber-attacks-espionage/phishing-is-a-37-million-annual-cost-for-average-large-company.html).  For some small

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4 Tips for Longer Laptop Battery Life

Sometimes you get caught needing to work without an outlet nearby.   Here’s how to make your laptop battery last longer. Much like a missed opportunity for romance, once you lose it, you cannot get your laptop battery’s lifespan back. You really messed that one up. Your battery was never meant to keep up with your

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Do Yourself a Solid: 5 Benefits of a Solid State Drive

Solid state drive (SSD) installation has grown more popular in the “Want It Now” age.  The super-portable form factor has revolutionized expandable storage. It also makes it easier for users to boot up without having to wait a century for everything to load! If you’ve decided on a SSD for your next device, we can’t blame

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WhatsApp® Encrypts Text Messages

I have blogged extensively over the last couple years about proactive security measures one can take to protect themselves from Ransomware and hackers using a commercial firewall router, VPN’s, and upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  The WhatsApp is another tool I’d like to introduce you to for this month’s blog.  It takes only

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Warning: “Serious” Bug in Windows 7, Take Action Today!

Google warned late last week, hackers could take over computers running Windows 7 due to a “serious” bug.   Windows 7 users are at risk and should take IMMEDIATE action.  In response, Google updated its Chrome browser to help protect Windows 7 users, but Chrome users should still check to make sure they have the updated

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Blockchain will be integrated into your life like Microsoft & Facebook

Remember when the “Cloud” entered our vocabulary?  The Cloud is commonly used today to store and back up data virtually, such as photos from our smartphone, but when it first came out most people were dumbfounded to know what all the hype was about.  Questions like what is the Cloud, where is it, and what

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Recycle your computer with a purpose and caution

Recycling an obsolete or outdated computer provides an opportunity to protect your local landfill and possibly provide a kid on the other side of the globe with access to one.  It is estimated 262.54 million computers were sold in 2017 (https://www.statista.com/statistics/273495/global-shipments-of-personal-computers-since-2006/), which suggests an equal number of old computers were replaced by them.   Although recycling

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Switching to a Commercial Grade Router

Protect your small business.  Many small businesses start out with consumer-grade Wi-Fi routers to run their office networks.  But there comes a time when an upgrade makes sense.  The only action most small business owners use to protect their business network is to periodically change their router access login, such as a password.  This may

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Windows 7 is Gone: Time to Jump to Windows 10

Until recently, people have been dragging their feet to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  With the drum beat of hassles and patches that were reported from its launch, it is no surprise most people took a wait and see approach to switching over to Windows 10.  At the same time, a lot of

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Protect Your Privacy on Search Engines: Try DuckDuckGo.com

In my August blog, “Internet Super Crime Wave?,” I shared several options businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves before they go online, such as using a commercial grade router, bringing your own Wi-Fi to use in public places, and managed backups.  I also reported in August that 83 million Facebook accounts were discovered

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