Monthly Archives January 2016

5 ways to tell if your computer is infected with malware

Slow performance Have you noticed if it takes longer than normal for your computer to boot up to the desktop? Once you’re logged in are you waiting too long for your programs to startup? More than likely you have some form of malware on your machine. Malware has the tendency to slow down your system, applications and overall functionality of the PC. If you do notice something like this and you are not using any resource-heavy programs or applications, keep in mind It could also be a lack of memory available, a fragmented system, lack of space on your hard drive or
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How safe is your email address?

Target, Home Depot, VTech all have something in common besides taking our money from time to time. These companies (and several more) were breached by hackers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. A “breach” is an incident where a hacker illegally obtains data from a vulnerable system, usually by exploiting weaknesses in the software. All the data in the site comes from website breaches which have been made publicly available. The information hackers seek ranges from data such as addresses, phone numbers, credit card information, social security numbers and email accounts. Here is a tip: To see if your email account
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Featured software for PC protection – January 23

Malwarebytes anti-malware (Free version) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is by far one of my favorite anti-malware programs. I use malwarebytes as a backup to my Anti-Virus program, in case my AV program misses a threat. The free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware contains two types of scans, Threat scan and custom scan. The Threat scan, scans all of the possible places malware is known to hide such as in the startup process, registry and other parts of the file system. The Custom scan gives you the option to choose what files and folders you want to scan. For example on one of my
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The worst passwords of 2015

According to Splash Data’s yearly “Worst passwords list” here are the most common passwords used in 2015: Rank      Password            Change from 2013 1              123456                 No Change 2              password            No Change 3              12345                  Up 17 4              12345678            Down 1 5              qwerty                 Down 1 6              123456789           No Change 7              1234                      Up 9 8              baseball               New 9              dragon            
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Up Your Password Game

Let’s be honest, how many of you reading this article currently uses a password containing variations of a relatives name, pets name, your address or even the word “password”. At this time I am encouraging you to change your password to something stronger. This article will encourage you to change your password to something that will make you feel more secure about your accounts (work or personal). Using a strong password can prevent someone from hacking into your account using password attack methods such as brute force or social engineering. Once a malicious actor (what we call hackers / attackers
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