January, 2014

Weeee, Over 100!

Thanks for the “Likes” we broke 100, so now we can start the “Offer” campaign to YOU our customers. Watch for more info! #freebies #appreciation

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How To Secure Your Personal Data

How To Secure Your Personal Data

In light of all the stories of identity theft many users still don’t know how to secure their information while online.This article is the first in a series in which we will address your digital security. So be sure to follow along and gain some tips and insights of online and offline security.

1. Beware of Scammers
You should know that scammers are real and they will try to steal your personal information if they come across it. Never give out your personal information over the Internet, phone, mail or via text message, unless you know exactly who you are dealing with. If you receive a suspicious email from a business and you’re not sure if it’s legitimate, close the email, open a new browser, type in their web address and contact them through their customer service.

2. Securely Dispose of Your Personal Information
Document shredding and electronics recycling are two of the most effective ways to dispose of sensitive records, data, documents and information. Electronic devices, even when no longer in use, often retain confidential personal information that can fall into the wrong hands if disposed of incorrectly.

3. Secure Your Browser
Always use a secure browser. Look for “https” at the beginning of the web address (the “s” stands for “secure”). Access your accounts from a secure location, using computers and networks that you know are safe and secure. Avoid using public networks and always look for the padlock icon in the corner of the browser, signaling that the website is encrypted.

4. Keep Your Passwords Private
Your passwords should be more than 6 characters and contain letters, numbers and special characters. Mix upper and lower case letters. Don’t use personal information or dictionary words. Hackers use software to enter random dictionary words to help them determine your password.

5. Don’t Overshare on Social Media
Go through your privacy settings on each site and determine what is a good amount of privacy protection. Consider keeping your profile limited to only certain groups or friends. Never post your personal information such as Social Security number, date of birth or your full name in a public place. This infographic makes it easy to see what criminals are after, what they do with it, and what you. can do to help prevent them getting it. Its easy to take preventative steps with your personal data so start today by using this infographic. Be sure to share this infographic with others and spread the word about identity theft!

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Yes, we can repair your iPhone.

Yes, we can repair your iPhone. #iphonerepair

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Microsoft Extends XP Support of Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Extends XP Support of Microsoft Security Essentials

I have many customers still on Windows XP, and over the past year I’ve been letting everyone know that Microsoft will end support for XP on April 8, 2014. This means you will no longer receive security updates for the operating system. And this is bad. After the support date passes, your risk of receiving malware will quickly elevate. Those seeking to target XP users with malware will find holes in the antiquated operating systems and craft virus, malware, spyware, and rootkits (VMSR) to compromise those weak points. Thus you become more likely to receive malware and become infected, lose data, and private information.

However, Microsoft announced they will extend the support of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) with XP until July 14, 2015.

With Microsofts extended support, you will continue to get updates to MSE which will help keep you secure with anti-virus updates. But the operating system will be no longer receive updates.

You, our customer, should be concerned. Although XP has been a solid operating system, it is very outdated in features, looks, and most importantly security. The security of an operating system is critical to the security of your private data and XP lacks that ability now.

In addition, if you have XP on your computer then its probably several years old. This increases the risk of hardware failure, data lose, and productivity time loss due to slower processing capabilities of the computer. So its time to move on, and I recommend you to consider purchasing a new computer. If you need help with this process we can assist you in determining the best computer for your needs. Please contact us at any of our social media sites, or by plain old email.

Source:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/01/15/microsoft-antimalware-support-for-windows-xp.aspx

http://windows.microsoft.com/eos

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle

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Another Year Sure to be Fraught, Fakes, Frauds, and Foolery on Facebook

Another Year Sure to be Fraught, Fakes, Frauds, and Foolery on Facebook

Welcome to the New Year, and another year sure to be fraught with fakes, frauds, and foolery on Facebook.

To start off the year we have a “[SHOCKING VIDEO] Shark eats the swimming man in an Ocean !!”
But, surprise surprise its not real. If you click on it, you will be taken to a fake Facebook page, and prompted to share the video, and take a survey. In the background you are giving up personal information, making the scammers some affiliate link cash, and involving your entire friends list.

So if this makes it to your Timeline, do not click or share the link with any friends. I also recommend you delete it from your timeline.

The image shows a screenshot of what you may see in your timeline.

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