Category Archives: Internet Security and Safety

Spring cleanup

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Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s a good reminder to think about spring cleaning.  Not just the house, but about your computers.  Whether it’s for business or just personal use, we use our computers for just about everything imaginable, and so they are huge targets for hackers to find lots of juicy information or simply take over your computer. … Read more »

Making your Facebook private

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I’ve been asked to help many people with locking down their Facebook either for themselves after being separated/divorced so their spouse can’t see all their activity, or for their children to make sure public in general can’t see them, especially school bullies viewing their profiles even though they are not friends.  Hackers use this to gain information about you to… Read more »

Replace expired Windows Live Mail

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According to Microsoft, Windows Live Essentials Mail program has discontinued support on January 10, 2017.  If you have the program installed already, you can continue using it, however if you format your hard drive you will not be able to download it to reinstall. It has become a security threat now, the longer you keep it, the more vulnerabilities it… Read more »

How do you know you’ve been hacked?

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I get asked fairly often recently “how do you know if you have a hacker in your system”.  There is no short answer.  It would require hiring a security expert such as a penetration tester who tests networks for vulnerabilities to find if there is a sign of a hacker.  A regular computer technician will not be good enough.  If the hacker… Read more »

How to avoid hackers while surfing

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There are many ways a hacker can get into your system.  Two ways are by either sending you a fake link to click on in an email, or there could be a fake link in a discussion forum where you are looking for answers to fix a problem yourself.  Our focus will be on the second today. Although everyone likes… Read more »

Anti-virus is not enough

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Anti-virus is not enough to keep you and your data safe online.  Whether business or personal, you always have some valuable data.  People shop and bank online for both personal use and business but if someone is monitoring your computer with a keylogger, they can see what website you visited, your username and the password. A hacker is not always identified by anti-virus software.  Viruses… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Technology and your Will when you die

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I don’t do Wills and Estate’s, although I can refer a good lawyer.  However, I do know that with the ever expanding use of technology, so deeply embedded in our lives, there’s something new to consider when updating your Will. Since there is so much information online about us including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google+, and more, did you ever… Read more »