Category Archives: Internet Security and Safety

How can I protect myself from hackers?

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I’ve been asked this question so many times and continue to get asked.  Now lately I’ve been asked by existing clients that we do regular maintenance for “Are we doing enough?”, “Are we doing everything we can to protect ourselves against hacker threats?” The short answer in my professional opinion is “yes, you can always do more and no, it… Read more »

Wireless security and WPS

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You may have the newest router available on the market with the latest security encryption and a strong complicated password, but you may have forgotten something.  Did you know most likely there is a WPS button on your router which can allow a hacker to get into your wireless network much easier than hacking the wireless password you have in… Read more »

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 »