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    3 Security Mistakes People make with their phone

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    security mistake most people make with their phone is leaving Bluetooth on. Anyone with a phone, or a laptop even running Bluetooth compromising software could get into your device and steal your contacts, read your text messages, or worse- send them. People often leave them on because they have a Bluetooth microphone or headset, which is fine if it’s connected because that means hackers aren’t able to connect if a connection is already established- but just broadcasting your phone’s contents all the time is not smart.

     

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    security mistake is not turning on the phone recovery software built into your cell phone. Services like “Where’s my iPhone”, or find my windows phone come in handy if you think your phone was lost or stolen. You don’t know how many times I have had to have someone call it for it or file a police report  when I could have just pinged it’s location. They often will lock the device down or erase it’s  contents if you  set it to do so.

     

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     Number 1 security mistake is  not being careful with your picture messages, most people make it so that  their phone will auto download emails and picture messages as soon as they get them, this could be a  problem if they contained viruses don’t you think? Most antivirus for phones don’t work or are battery  hogs, so I don’t like them but if you are careful there is no need.

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    PC or not PC, that is the question?

    It’s that time of the year again. Young adults are saying goodbye to their parents and going off into the military or college and they need some way to type of their papers, or to keep in contact through Skype, or to relax with a few games. Some people are grabbing desktops and others are looking for laptops. If you are looking for laptops here are a few that have been making the college scene quite frequently.
    Dell Inspiron series is a very popular computer series among low income students or for first laptops for teens, they usually come with lower end Celeron processors but there comparable hard drive space, and abundance of RAM makes them quite speedy even if they aren’t powerful. They usually retail for about $250 dollars and can generally accomplish anything that is required of them as far as schooling is concerned. These are budget laptops with a lot of value and could be found at any store with a technology department.

    The HP Envy series is a cheaper option for people who want a bit more out of their laptop. They are very thin and sometimes called “Ultra books”. They usually retail anywhere from 500 to 700 dollars and come with i5’s i7’s or the AMD equivalent. They can last for hours thanks to the 4th generation “Roswell” processors they use. When it comes to processing power these things can handle anything you through at them, but the lack of multiple cores limit them to doing one very big task at a time. Because of this, you will find gamers with these laptops as a cheaper option to other powerful laptops.

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    Dont Forget – Back Up

    It’s something that every computer owner fears, a hard drive crash. It may or not happen on your computer but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the precautions, just in case. Anything digital can be lost and not just in a hard drive crash. Anything can happen to your computer (stolen, drinks spilled on it, etc) and leave you at a lost. To prevent a lot of future headaches, it’s best to take preventive measures and backup your data. The next question is, where?
    Well, there are a lot of options. The best idea is to have your files stored on a remote backup server. There are tons of options to choose from such as Backblaze, or Crashplan. These are highly extensive programs with a fee. An easier to use program for backup is Dropbox. Dropbox is a program that can be installed on your computer but that also your dropbox can be accessed from signing on a web browser, as well. It keeps versions and deleted files for 30 days too! Another option to consider is Evernote. Evernote is a note taking program that will share your files on many devices at once. As you can tell, there are
    many backup data services out there. Choosing one is primarily up to you and your preferences but just remember, to do it. You want to “Back up, before you wish you had.”

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    Internet Safety and Security Tips For Parents

    The Internet is a wonderful place for learning and entertainment, but like the world around us, it can pose dangers if precautions are not taken. Allowing free access puts your child, your computer and your personal data at risk. Help to instill good judgment in your children by encouraging them to take some common sense steps.

    Protect Your Child’s Personal Information.
    Help your kids own their online presence: When available, set their privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. Remind them that it’s ok to limit who they share information with.

    Connect with Care.
    When it doubt, throw it out: Remind your children that links in emails, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.

    Be Web Wise.
    Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted Web sites for the latest information, share with your children, and encourage them to be web wise.
    Be a Good Online Citizen.
    Safer for me, more secure for all: What you and your kids do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.

    Keep a Clean Machine.

    You can’t be safe and secure if the technology you are using is vulnerable.
    Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
    Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
    Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other webenabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.
    Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

    STOP. Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

    THINK. Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

    CONNECT. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

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    Internet Safety and Security Tips for College Students

    As a college student, your computer and mobile device are primary tools in your educational and social life. Many students use the Internet for homework, research, social networking, online purchases, and more. The Internet is an amazing tool, but must be used safely and securely.

    Protect Your Personal Information.

    Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
    Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
    Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
    Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
    Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit who you share information with.
    Keep your eye on your technology: Never leave your laptop or other devices unattended, even for a few minutes.

    Connect with Care.
    When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
    Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
    Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “http://” is not secure.

    Be Web Wise.
    Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
    Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
    Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

    Be a Good Online Citizen.
    Safer for me more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
    Post only about others as you have them post about you.
    Help the authorities fight cyber crime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to www.ic3.gov (Internet Crime Complaint Center), the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.onguardonline.gov/filecomplaint.aspx (if it’s fraud), and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.
    Keep a Clean Machine. You can’t be safe and secure if the technology you are using is vulnerable.
    Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
    Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
    Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other webenabled devices all need protection from viruses and malware.
    Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

    STOP. Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

    THINK. Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

    CONNECT. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

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    5 Good Reasons to Repair Your Old Computer

    Thinking about what to do with your old, broken desktop or laptop?

    Some not so good ideas include:

    -Having a contest between friends to see who can take it apart and put it back together the fastest. Last person to get bored wins!

    -Inventing a new sport called, “Extreme Laptop Frisbee”. Everyone takes turns throwing a broken laptop to the opposing team– in the manner one would throw a Frisbee. The goal is to catch as many broken laptops possible that your opponents throw while blindfolded. The last team to go to the hospital wins!

    -Vigilante crime-fighting. Create a suit of armor made from PC parts and fight crime!

    Some GREAT ideas include:

    1. An older computer can serve as a stand-alone media player. For example, you could use an old desktop to store all your old pictures and videos, similar to how you might store a physical photo-album or collection of home videos. In addition, if you hook up speakers and a remote to the old machine, you can use it to play music from your personal playlist. This way, you don’t have to use extra resources on your newer machine to play music in the background. For added security, you can disconnect the machine permanently from the internet, so that your machine cannot be compromised with viruses and malware.

    2. An older computer can be used to run older games and programs. Do you have some older copies of programs and games? Wouldn’t you like to relive the game, Oregon Trail? The likelihood of being able to run older software is much high on an older machine with an older operating system. Newer computers running Windows 7, or even XP, have issues running older software. It just makes more sense to have a separate, older computer running older programs.

    3. An older computer can serve as a personal cloud server. Many sites like Google and Amazon already allow for free cloud space, but you usually have to pay monthly for anything over 5 GB. Imagine having 60GB+ of free cloud space just by hooking up your old laptop or desktop as a personal cloud server. That is a pretty solid reason to fix that old PC that has just been collecting dust.

    4. An older laptop can be used in more risky situations. For example, if you have an older laptop that is in working condition, you can leave the house with it and not have to worry too much about it breaking, or getting stolen. If it does break or get stolen, it’s really not too big of a deal, because it was just going to collect dust otherwise. Other examples include: bringing it on a boat, carrying it up heights, having it in a backpack while bicycling, and traveling with it across long distances.

    5. An older computer can be used in the event that your newer computer fails. This one is pretty obvious, but a lot of people seem to forget it. If your job or class requires you to have a computer, then a couple days getting your newer computer fixed will seem like an eternity. Do yourself a favor ahead of time and have your backup computer ready when you need it.

    If you are in the Tallahassee area and need an older or newer computer fixed, call us at 850-536-0694.

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