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Website blocked due to expired certificate? Quick fix

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Tweet Today’s tip is not going to be very long and elaborate. It’s a pretty common problem with a simple fix (most of the time). But if you don’t know the solution, it can be very frustrating because it seems like something major is wrong with your computer.   Here’s what usually happens: You [...] Read more »

How to sign electronically, WITHOUT printing and scanning

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Tweet Have you ever gotten a PDF file by email, and you had to sign it and send it back by email?  For most people, that process is a real hassle.  You have to print the PDF file, then you sign the printed copy, then you have to scan that paper back into a new [...] Read more »

For computer security, you need these 3 things

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Tweet “What’s the best antivirus to use?”  It’s a question that I am asked on a pretty regular basis.  There are lots of choices out there, and everyone seems to have a different opinion.  In the end, of course, that’s all I can really offer – my opinion.  But it is based on lots of [...] Read more »

What to do about the Heartbleed bug

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Tweet The Heartbleed bug has been in the news for about a week now so you have probably heard about it, even if you don’t know exactly what it is or what it means for you and your computer security.  Today we’ll break it down into simple terms, as well as some recommendations about what [...] Read more »

Scary privacy video – and why I’m not worried

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Tweet There’s a video on YouTube that has been getting a lot of attention lately.  A few of my clients have sent me the link to watch it, because it seems to fit right in line with the kinds of topics I cover here in this blog and on my podcast; specifically, privacy and security. [...] Read more »

Malwarebytes plan is changing – get your lifetime license while you can!

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Tweet I have been using and recommending Malwarebytes (the paid version) for many years now.  It’s a great tool, and provides a good level of security in addition to your antivirus program.  Malwarebytes recently announced that their business model is changing.  This means that you have a window of opportunity to take advantage of their [...] Read more »

Why Windows XP will be dangerous to use

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Tweet “So Microsoft won’t send out XP updates any more, what’s the big deal?” “My XP computer works fine – I’m going to use it until it dies!” “They’re not going to force me to upgrade!”   Those are some of the reactions that computer users have had, when advised that they will need [...] Read more »

Check your email against Adobe’s hacked list

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Tweet Adobe’s database of users got hacked recently.  When this was first announced, Adobe stated that the estimated number of users whose information was leaked was around 2.9 million.  After the dust settled, it turned out that approximately 150 million people were affected.  It’s a good idea to check and see if you are affected [...] Read more »

The easy way to back up your files to an external drive

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Tweet An important part of a comprehensive data backup strategy is having a reliable, consistent backup to an external drive.  Today I’ll show you how I recommend doing this.  I’m using a small program for Windows called Second Copy.   First, a quick recap: Last Monday I told you about CryptoLocker, a new ransomware [...] Read more »

Cryptolocker ransomware means changes to our backup process

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Tweet There’s a new type of malicious software in town.  It’s called CryptoLocker.  It doesn’t fool around.   CryptoLocker falls into the category of “Ransomware”.  Ransomware programs take over part or all of your computer, and offers to return it to you when you pay money.  You have probably heard about the popular “FBI Virus”, [...] Read more »