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How To Protect Against WannaCry Ransomware

Scary times for Windows users: The global WannaCry raonsomware has infected over 10,000 companies and 200,000 individual users in the last 48 hours. While the attacks have been thwarted by 2 successful kill switches, you can bet more variants will emerge. To avoid being the next victim, here is how to protect your Microsoft systems. Keep your systems up to […]

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Facebook Reactions: Engagement or Intrusion?

Facebook recently added buttons to denote a wider range of options other than the current “Like”. Dubbed “Facebook Reactions”, the intent is to let you react to posts using buttons that denote “Love”, “Wow”, “Haha”, “Sad” or “Angry” in addition to “Like”. I suppose one could look at the new buttons as a convenience… just click the “haha” button instead […]

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What is the Google Mobile-Friendly Update?

Google rolled out the “mobile-friendly update” on April 21, 2015 and if your web pages have declined in page rank since then, read this no-nonsense explanation of how to fix page rank. First of all, Google has a mobile-friendly analyzer that can be run for any page. Simply enter the url of the web page and Google will let you […]

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Six Quick Tips That Will Improve Your Google Search Results

If the goal is to improve the visibility of a website in search engines, you should consider buying ads with your favorite search engine, (i.e. Google or Bing, etc.) However, before buying ads, make sure the site is optimized for organic search. Optimized sites will have their ads shown more often and pay less for the same keywords than sites […]

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How to Extend the Life of Laptop Batteries

The life of a laptop battery can be maximized by charging the battery only when the battery is very low (i.e., less than 10%). Here is a suggestion for how to preserve the life of laptop batteries. When using the laptop as a stationary device (for example, in a business or home office) remove the lithium battery and use the […]

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How To Protect Your Online Identity

The internet is an integral part of daily life. We rely on it to work, study, stay connected with family and friends, shop, invest, pay bills and for entertainment. All this online interaction results in an enormous amount of personal information about us stored online. Of course, sensitive information like credit cards numbers, banking information and social security numbers are […]

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Computer Virus Problems? Switch to Google Chrome

Beginning in January, Google will block the installation of add-ons (i.e extensions) to the Chrome browser unless the extension is installed from the Chrome Web Store. This is good news since one of the more vulnerable ways for malicious browser extensions, malware and computer viruses to attack a system is to silently piggyback onto another extension during the installation process. […]

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5 Ways to Avoid a Hard Drive Failure

Perhaps the most dreaded failure is a hard drive crash. While drive failures can’t be prevented, they can be reduced in number. Be gentle when moving your system around. Bumping and knocking a computer will eventually wreck havoc with the data access mechanisms. Power the drive down before moving the laptop to prevent the read heads from “crashing” into the […]

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Don’t Wait to Upgrade Windows XP

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. Aside from the obvious exposure from hackers that would harm your system or steal data, the “end-of-life” announcement from Microsoft also means that third party software vendors will no longer […]

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How to Avoid a Gift Card Scam

Gift cards are popular and convenient, especially this time of year. Many retailers put the blank cards in prominent display stands throughout their stores to promote them. Don’t purchase a gift card from these easily accessible displays. Why? Because a thief with a cheap scanner can read the barcode on the back of the card. Even if the card is […]

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