Archive for ‘security

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 »

How to log out of your Gmail account remotely

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Tweet Sometimes you have to use a public computer to check your email.  Maybe you are at school or in a library and the only access you have is one of the public computers.  Or, you might be at a friend’s house and log in to your email account. Then later that day, after you’re [...] Read more »

How to password protect a Word document

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Tweet What if you share a computer with other people in your home, but you have a Word document that you don’t want anyone else to be able to read?  Maybe it’s a list of Christmas presents you are planning to buy for your kids and you don’t want them to see it.  Or it [...] Read more »

Why bad guys DO want your computer

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Tweet Some people tell me, “I’m not really too concerned about hackers getting on my computer… there’s nothing on there that anyone would want anyway!” Not true. Your computer has value to a cyber-criminal in a variety of different ways that you might not even be aware of. Here are a few things the [...] Read more »

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