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Your email actually DID get hacked? You need to change more than just your password

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Last week we talked about the fact that even though it might appear that your email got hacked, it probably didn’t. In most cases it’s just a spammer using your email as the “From” address. But what about when your email actually DOES get hacked into – meaning some malicious person has gotten into your […] Read more »

Help – my email got hacked! No, it probably didn’t

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A few times each month, I’ll get a phone call or an email from someone who thinks their email account has gotten hacked into. And why do they think that? Because their inbox is filling up with emails that are bouncing back, that say “This email message could not be delivered”. They might get a […] Read more »

How to be safe on a public wifi connection

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After last week’s post and podcast about the dangers of sharing your wifi signal with your neighbor, I had several people contact me about how to keep a computer safe “the other way around”. Meaning, if you are using your neighbor’s wifi signal (with permission of course), what type of precautions should you be taking […] Read more »

Website blocked due to expired certificate? Quick fix

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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 try […] Read more »

How to sign electronically, WITHOUT printing and scanning

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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 PDF […] Read more »

For computer security, you need these 3 things

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Update: Unfortunately, since version 2 was released, Malwarebytes is no longer working properly. In fact I have seen on several computers where it is messing up other programs, including my clients’ online file backup software. I am recommending that Malwarebytes be uninstalled. The security software we now use and recommend is here. “What’s the best […] Read more »

What to do about the Heartbleed bug

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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 action […] Read more »

Scary privacy video – and why I’m not worried

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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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Update: Unfortunately, since version 2 was released, Malwarebytes is no longer working properly. In fact I have seen on several computers where it is messing up other programs, including my clients’ online file backup software. I am recommending that Malwarebytes be uninstalled. The security software we now use and recommend is here. I have been […] Read more »

Why Windows XP will be dangerous to use

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“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 to […] Read more »