Author Archives: Daniel Gauthier

About Daniel Gauthier

work as a peace officer in various forms. Daniel wrote a book in 2009 called “Tech-Knowledgy” which got him on television and radio a few times. The concept behind the book was “to level the playing field between computer techs and non-techies so they don’t get take advantage of”. Daniel has a couple certifications including MCP and A+; he is preparing to write the Network+ exam and has studied CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator). Daniel has run his own computer service business “TwinBytes” since 2004. He has done a few talks on cyber security and generally enjoys training, educating and helping others.

SmartPhones and virus protection

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With the amount of SmartPhone use in today’s world, people are doing almost as much on their phones as they do on laptops and desktop computers.  This includes email, web surfing as well as shopping and banking online.  There are apps to even scan cheques with your smart phone and deposit into your bank account. Some of you might think… Read more »

AVG Free edition – Without Zen please!

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AVG is pretty awesome, but why force the Zen on every install of AVG free edition?  Many people just have a single computer to manage and don’t want Zen getting in the way as an extra program, no only to download and install but the shortcut that gets created on the desktop is Zen, which from there you can open… Read more »

Phone Support Scams – Don’t call us, we’ll call you!

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Most of you by now must have either experienced this if not heard someone who has, where you will get a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft or your phone provider, etc.  See my previous article: http://blog.twinbytes.ca/calls-from-microsoft-about-computer-problems-phone-scam/ Now that consumers have gotten educated and know better (most of you at least), there is a new method they use.  They don’t… Read more »

How to choose the correct Office Suite

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Microsoft Office being the leading Office suite package for both Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Mac computers, it’s good to know the differences so when you are looking to buy an Office suite, you purchase the right one. Every few years we get a new Office suite, but they still have the same packages as we will list below and then… Read more »

How to vote TwinBytes #1 Computer Repair in 2015

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PLEASE READ ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONS OR YOUR VOTE MAY NOT COUNT The time has come to once again vote for your favorite business in the Markham Economist and Sun’s Readers Choice Awards.  It’s in the Markham Economist newspaper as of Thursday October 22nd, 2015 on page 27.  You can fill out the paper or do it online.  Please vote “Twinbytes Inc”… Read more »

Your virus scans are missing infections!

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Did you know that about 17% of PC’s have no virus protection in 2012 according to McAfee & in November 2014 about 10% of Windows 8 computers were running expired virus protection? Aside from these numbers, let’s assume you know for a fact you have a valid working anti-virus installed on your computer, it’s up to date with the latest… Read more »

Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with everyone!

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Microsoft Windows 10 looks pretty awesome, but unfortunately they put a security hole in here thinking it’s convenient for us.  Unfortunately, people forget that the easier it is for you, the easier it is for hackers.  In this case, they don’t need to be much of a hacker if you’re willingly giving them your Wi-Fi password. That’s right, Wi-Fi Sense… Read more »

Windows 10 FREE upgrade

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By now you may have noticed a little white Windows logo down by your time on the task bar.  If you haven’t it looks like this image below.  It’s not a hoax or virus, you can click on it to read the offer. If you click on it you will see (as per the image below, that you are offered… Read more »

How to backup with Cobian Backup

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Backing up your data is critical and besides doing a manual copy and paste of your data from all the various locations, you can program Cobian Backup on what to backup and how to backup.  Once it’s programed the rest is easy.  You can have it on a schedule but you need to ensure your computer has the external drive… Read more »

Are you doing a “True” backup?

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Are you doing a “True” backup?  What’s a “True” backup?  Many people don’t backup at all which is mind blowing, because I do a lot of data recoveries and when I have to repair computers I ask when the last backup was done and it’s either a very long time or never.  But there are those people that do backups,… Read more »