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Stop Passing the Hoax and Check Your Privacy

Recycling can be good but not if it’s a hoax. Every couple of years we see an old hoax come back, updated as needed, and people continue to believe it and share it on their social media sites. 

I’ve seen several posts on my Facebook Timeline from others “warning” friends that Facebook will make ALL you posts public even deleted ones. The first thing to know, if it sounds unbelievable then it’s probably unbelievable. The other facts, Facebook is a business and publicly traded stock. As a business thier product is you and your information; and it’s used to target paid advertisements at you.  Also, they won’t do anything to jeopardize the value of the stock. They have enough access to your information which you give them everytime you post, they don’t need to bring up your past.

So, if you feel that you have something so incredible that just has to be shared on your social media, take a couple of minutes and research it. 

Now about your privacy. Today is a good time to review your privacy settings and learn what happens to your data when you post and share on your Facebook Timeline. 

To access your settings: “Click in the upper-right corner of your Facebook page. Select Settings from the dropdown menu. Select Privacy on the left. Click a setting (ex: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it.”

For more information visit Facebook’s Help Center. 

https://www.facebook.com/help/193677450678703

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Smartphone and Electronics Insurance

Smartphone and Electronics Insurance

No one likes to think of insurance because it conjures up bad thoughts. However, over the years of repairing iDevices, laptops, and game consoles only a handful of customers have been covered by insurance. As with auto, home, and health insurance;  insurance for a smartphone is often thought of as “a waste of money”; until you need it. A broken screen on a laptop or iPhone is actually a hardware repair, but I describe it to customers as a “cosmetic” repair.  It’s something that is often easily repaired with no threat of loss to the device. However, a dip in the pool, a drop in the toliet, or getting ran over; most often results in a non working device.
  This is when having the right coverage can mean a little money, or a whole lot of money. The most common insurance most owners have is thru the cellular service provider (because they earn commissions on the sale). For iPhone owners, they can opt for Apple Care. You may also check with your credit card company as some offer insurance on your purchases. There are also third party companies who offer insurance as well, and the one I recommend over all the others, including service providers and Apple Care, is Squaretrade. They not only cover smartphones, they cover practically everything electronic.  

Like auto, life, and health insurance, a little due diligence is required to make sure your needs are meet within a reasonable cost when shopping for your iPhone or other electronic insurance coverage. Later this week I’ll post some comparisons between the insurance provider, particularly for iPhones since the new iPhone 7 will be released on September 16th.

In the meantime here’s a link you may use to start your own comparisons, and save a little money. Not having insurance is not a big deal until the day your $700 iPhone becomes a paperweight.

https://m.squaretrade.com/m/iphone

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Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Tuesday Tip – Ransomeware

Today’s tip deals with one of the most devious and current computer threats – Ransomeware. By definition it’s “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” The majority of these attacks go after small to medium sized business, ones that most likly have inadequate security measures in place, and have the necessity to pay the ransome demands. Below is a link to an article by Malwarebytes about how to deal with Ransomeware. It’s a long read, so even a scan of the article will give you info to help defend yourself. 

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/101/2016/03/how-to-beat-ransomware-prevent-dont-react/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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Critical iOS Update Released

Critical iOS Update Released

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Apple released an out of cycle update for all iOS devices late this afternoon (Aug 25, 2016). The update closes 3 vulnerabilities that allows an attacker to open a device often known as “Jailbreak”, and perform whatever actions they deem.

It’s being reported the vulnerability named “Trident” has been used by some governments to spy on targeted people and groups. In order for the exploit to be launched, a user must be social engineered or tricked into clicking a link that will execute the attack without the user even knowing it just occurred.

This update 9.3.5, should be installed immediately. You can do so via download thru iTunes or over the air on your iPhone or iPad. On your iPhone/iPad go to “Settings” – “General” – “Software Update”. As allows, make sure to perform a back up prior to updating.

Read more about the vulnerability here: https://threatpost.com/emergency-ios-update-patches-zero-days-used-by-government-spyware/120158/

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Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Happy 25th Anniversary Internet!

Today 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and his NeXT computer (designed by Steve Jobs) launched the “World Wide Web”.

 The Internet day also called Internaut Day is celebrated on August 23, as the anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was developed in the CERN laboratories (Enquire / EV project) in Switzerland during 1989 – 1990, and opened to new users after that day in 1991.

More details about this day. Click this link below: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internaut

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Summer “Break”

Summer “Break”

 Its back to school time again, and Summer Break is over. But, is there still a “Summer Break” in your pocket or backpack? If so we’ve got one more break for you, a price break. If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad in need of repair, now is the time to schedule a repair. We’ve dropped the cost to have your iDevice repaired.

To help even more, thru this weekend all iDevice’s that get scheduled for repair will receive an additional 10% off our new prices, or a Tempered Glass Screen Cover.

Most repairs take 1 hour, or same day! We use only the best quality parts and include a warranty on all repairs.

Get your iDevice scheduled today. Contact us via phone or text at 806-553-0832, Facebook or via our website at: MaxM Technology. Thank you for trusting us to take care of your technology needs, and mobile devices.

Offer ends 8/28/16, at 11:59pm

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