CryptoWall 2.0

A new version of the CryptoWall ransomware has been released, titled CryptoWall 2.0, that includes numerous “enhancements” by the malware developer, to resolve issues in the previous version.  Since it was first released, CryptoWall has been a huge threat for computer users and network administrators, as it will encrypt all local data, as well as all data found on network shares. […]

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A Short List of Basic Tips for a Longer Lasting PC

Here are a couple of simple things to keep in mind about your computer, to help it have a good long life. Your PC should always be plugged into a power strip/surge protector.  Power spikes and outages can cause major hardware and software issues.  If you experience frequent power outages, you may want to consider getting a […]

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MALWARE, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

This is a repost of our very first blog, back in August of 2010.  In general, not much has changed in the Malware world- it’s still out there, and you still need to protect yourself.  If anything, its coders have gotten sneakier, so our tools have also changed, to keep up with the threats.  We no […]

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Fake Microsoft Tech Support Scammers

People get scammed every day by fake tech support folks making unsolicited phone calls to technically-challenged victims, with the intention of exploiting their computer. Cyber criminals may claim to be “calling on behalf of” Windows Helpdesk, Windows Service Center, or Microsoft Support. Microsoft warned that these scammers will try to “convince you to visit legitimate websites and download software […]

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VoIP…

We have migrated many of our clients to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones this year. This is a phone service that uses your data lines.  We find that the brand of router has A LOT to do with VoIP working …. or not.  When we started getting more VoIP migrations, we also made the […]

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Use Google Drive or Another Cloud Service?

Google recently announced that it’s added a new feature to its cloud service, Google Drive, that will let users more easily launch files that they’ve saved in the cloud. The “catch” is that this new feature is available only as an optional Chrome extension. It will work by letting users right-click on an application they’ve stored in […]

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It’s Time for a New Desktop/Laptop When…

When the cost of repairing your desktop/laptop becomes somewhat shocking, it’s probably a good time to purchase a new one.   Some people treat their desktop/laptop as they do a smartphone: they purchase a new one as soon as the latest and greatest version comes out. Which means they could be buying a new unit […]

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Tablet or Large Smartphone?

Remember the mid-2000s, when we thought the Blackberry was the be all! Such a big screen!! Now, it looks sooo tiny. Remember when the teeny screen of a Blackberry was all the rage? And then the teeny (well, it seems teeny today) iPhone first came out and we all gasped at the screen’s size (the […]

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