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How to Teach Your Kids Good Internet Habits

Posted by Scott Breitman on Oct 18, 2017 7:30:00 PM

It wasn't long ago that parents taught their kids about the dangers of talking to strangers in public. Nowadays, parents have much more to worry about than their kids' in-person interactions with strangers.

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Topics: computer security

5 Cornerstones of Home Computer Security

Posted by Mike Hurt on Sep 27, 2017 10:01:00 AM

Learn how to make wise decisions when surfing the web, secure your home wireless network, and make sure you don't lose important data if faced with a sudden crisis. Here are our top computer security tips.

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Topics: computer security

Can Opening Email Harm My Computer?

Posted by Mike Hurt on May 30, 2017 11:26:00 AM

 

 

Viruses and malware are can slow down your computer, plague you with unwanted popups, threaten the security of your personal information, and/or attempt to gain unauthorized access to your computer, so it’s vital that you take aggressive steps to protect yourself. You may already know that one of the best ways to outsmart these nasty problems is to stop clicking “yes” or opening clickbait, but what about emails?

Can just opening an email message expose you to malware or other security threats?

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Topics: computer maintenance, computer security, IT questions

How to Stop Spam Callers

Posted by Mike Hurt on May 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

If you read our blog regularly, you know I write frequently about how to cut down on email spam, prevent adware and malware, and foil viruses and online security threats. While technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, traditional communications methods still suffer from spam, too: telemarketers, robocalls, and potential fraudsters continue to target consumers via telephone.

 

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Topics: computer security

Why You Should NOT Be Running a Windows “Admin” Account

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 31, 2017 10:22:00 AM

 

Both home users and business users alike can avoid up to 94% of Windows exploits and malware infections by one simple change: using a “non-Admin” User Account.[1] In this blog post, I'll explain why you shouldn't use the default "Admin" account, which offers full, unrestricted access to all your computer's vital operating systems and files, for your regular computer use. I’ll also explain how home users can set up additional user accounts; for business users, your IT service provider should have this implemented already if they’re following industry best practices. And, if all this seems like more than you want to deal with, I'll also give you a hands-off option!

 

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Topics: business information, computer maintenance, computer security

Does My Computer Have a Virus?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Mar 20, 2017 10:20:00 AM

 

You’ve probably read about all kinds of threats to your computer, including viruses, spyware, ransomware, “Trojan horses,” and more (collectively called “malware,” or “malicious software”). How do you know if your system has fallen victim to a virus or malware? These malicious programs slow down your computer’s performance and potentially threaten your security. Here are five signs that you could have a virus or malware.

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Topics: IT questions, computer maintenance, computer security

Want to Outsmart PopUps, Malware, and Internet Scams? Don't click YES!

Posted by Mike Hurt on Feb 7, 2017 10:47:00 AM

You know malware, spyware, and viruses are bad for your computer system—they can slow down your performance, corrupt data, and even allow unauthorized access to your system and files. You know that you should have an up-to-date antivirus program and appropriate network security protocols in place. But one of the most important things you can do to become your own anti-virus and make sure that internet-based threats don't invade your system is...nothing. 

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Topics: computer security, computer maintenance

A Fistful of Dollars: The Cost of Using Old Computers

Posted by James Trow on Nov 28, 2016 8:36:09 AM

IT has become an increasingly important investment for businesses, but computer technology can be expensive. As a result, the typical rationale when contemplating a replacement or upgrade of computer equipment is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Although this rationale may work for some non-computer equipment, the true cost of using old computer hardware and outdated software can be more than you think. Ultimately, this risky practice could end up costing you a fistful of dollars.

 

 

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Topics: computer security, business information, computer maintenance

To Cloud or Not to Cloud

Posted by William Stasak on Nov 11, 2016 9:58:00 AM

Are you thinking about moving your business IT, network, data, and/or telecommunications services to the cloud? This is becoming more and more commonplace in the business world, so it’s a good time to discuss “cloud” versus “local” services. How do you decide which is correct for your business?

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Topics: computer security, business information, managed IT services

How Often Should I Change My Passwords?

Posted by Mike Hurt on Oct 31, 2016 10:06:00 AM

 

Just like having a quality lock on your front door, a strong password is an essential part of preventing unauthorized access to your personal online data. But you may be confused as to how often you should change your password in order to maintain the highest level of internet security and keep your data safe. Maybe you’ve heard that you should change your password every month (or more), but this is actually not necessary! In fact, IT professionals now recommend that you don’t change your password frequently! What’s going on?

 

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Topics: computer security, computer maintenance