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We’ve been right all along – multi-word passwords are best!

We were pretty delighted to be listening to the news on the radio and hear that new password guidance is out that tells us that multi-word passwords are much better than hard-to-remember “complex” passwords. We’ve been advising users to choose long passwords made of multiple words, separated by spaces. Examples would be “its been a […]

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Check to see if your identity information has been lost in data breaches. Have you been pwned?

News about data breaches seem to be in the headlines all the time.  Target, TJ-Max, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Anthem Healthcare, or various hotel and restaurant chains have all had big data breaches.  Do you know if your identity information (login credentials) have been lost in these data breaches? You can check at Have I Been pwned?  […]

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After Receiving 65,000 Complaints, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

  Technical Support Scammers – hang up on them. It’s probably happened to you, either at work or at home: A technical support scammer calls, frequently with a heavy foreign accent, says their “Steve from Microsoft” and they’ve seen a batch of problems (or virus, or malware) on your PC. This is always a scam. […]

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What is a browser?

Recently, Scott from Google went to Times Square and asked (on camera) random people, “What is a browser?” You can see the YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/o4MwTvtyrUQ The answer is that a web browser is a piece of software that displays web pages.  More accurately, it is a software program that displays HTML content, but that’s […]

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Don’t get CryptoLocker virus

There’s always a bad virus out here on the Internet.   Cryptolocker ransomware  is a particularly good example. Here’s the short-version of this post:   The anti-virus, anti-malware firm BitDefender has released a free tool to keep your computer from getting this specific bad infection. It can be downloaded from Softpedia at:  http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/Bitdefender-Anti-CryptoLocker.shtml Here’s the long version […]

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“Apple Picking” – Don’t loose your iPhone

Smartphone theft, personal safety & data security As the technology landscape changes, so does crime. A new trend in crime has picked up the catchy title of “Apple Picking,” which refers to the theft of iPhones and Smartphones, (even tablets), often right out of the hands of the user/owner.  Here’s some  scenarios that have happened: […]

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Is your computer data backup offsite?

Summer is coming, and so is fire season. Is your computer data backup offsite? I (Warren Frush) used to live in Colorado Springs, CO.  Last summer, I was reviewing coverage of the horrible fire burning there, I was jolted when I looked at a map of the fire and saw that it was burning within […]

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What to do when you’ve made a mistake in social media.

InfoWorld has a good article, “Social media disaster recovery: A first responder’s guide” about what to do when there’s been a big mistake made in social media.  The article is focused on business use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., but the advice is good from a personal standpoint, as well. The article […]

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Feds crack multi-million scareware ring

Some of you have experienced this misfortune of getting what we call “scare-ware” or rogueware. It is an unwanted piece of software that gets installed on your computer, without your permission (or knowledge, usually), that displays a authentic-looking screen on your computer that tells you you’re infected with hundreds of bad things, and then wants […]

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Phishing attacks rampant on Facebook, Twitter, gmail, others

After a lull during the summer,  there is a huge upswing in phishing attacks, now on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo mail, and others. Read the complete story at: http://lastwatchdog.com/unstoppable-phishing-attacks-blanket-facebook-twitter/

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