Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of computer virus that encrypts your data, then demands an electronic ransom for the encryption key. Why is ransomware so hazardous, and how can you remove it? Ransomware is vicious because it doesn’t just render your computer unusable. It encrypts all of your files, including those on networked computers, … Continue reading Ransomware: A Dangerous Threat To Your Computer
When was the last time you backed up your computer? If you have automatic backups set, do you check them on a regular basis? Have you ever tested your backups by trying to restore some of your files? It’s not enough to set your backups and forget them. You would not believe the number of … Continue reading How To Back Up Your Computer (For Windows And Mac)
Many people have asked me about Windows 10. They want to know if they should upgrade, and how they can reconfigure the settings to avoid Win10's notorious privacy issues. Windows 10's default security settings are not conducive to consumer privacy, to put it mildly. (Microsoft isn't alone in this; it's become an increasing problem with modern operating systems.) … Continue reading What You Need To Know About Windows 10
Microsoft is facing public backlash for automatically upgrading the computers of unsuspecting customers to Windows 10. Since public outcry Microsoft has reversed course, claiming that the forced installations were due to their accidentally making the Windows 10 upgrade checked by default. In theory, this means that there should be no more forced upgrades. But the … Continue reading Microsoft Alienates Customers With Forced Windows 10 Upgrades
Your Web browser lets you access Internet sites, but it can also be a gateway for viruses, malware, and more. Here’s how to keep your browser protected and secure. (Don't miss my latest article for The Northwest Herald - Protect Your Window To The Internet by Triona Guidry) Remember that it’s vital to keep your browser up … Continue reading How To Protect Your Web Browser
As you may have heard, Microsoft has ceased support for Windows XP. Many people assume it’s okay to keep using it. They’re dead wrong. WinXP is already vulnerable to viruses because it’s been out so long. Now we have the nightmare scenario in which bugs are discovered but not fixed. Here’s how it goes: Microsoft … Continue reading Windows XP Is Dead. Now What?
Today's computer viruses go beyond mere annoyance. How does holding your data for ransom sound? What about spying on you through your webcam, tracking your physical location, recording every keystroke you make? Welcome to the modern generation of computer threats, where infection means real-world consequences. The latest virus making the rounds is Cryptolocker, a textbook … Continue reading Cryptolocker: Why Modern Computer Viruses Are More Dangerous Than Ever
When was the last time you checked the privacy settings on your social media accounts? Once? Twice? Never? If you don't check periodically, you run the risk of having your account hijacked by hackers. Related article: Strong passwords key to social media privacy by Triona Guidry (The Northwest Herald) What do you mean by "social … Continue reading How To Protect Your Privacy On Social Media Sites Like Facebook And Twitter