Category Archives: Advise

June 2016 Ransomware Attacks against MS Office 365 Users

This June saw the first ever large scale ransomware attack against users of MS Office 365.  A ransomware attack is where the bad guys gain access to your computer, then use that access to encrypt your business data and program … Continue reading

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2015 12 14 Fix to Avoid Forced Upgrade to Windows 10

An unfortunate reality of today’s computing world is we must protect ourselves even from major, world-wide software vendors such as Microsoft, Sun, Adobe, etc. I’m picking on these three just now, but they only represent the overall problem. A problem … Continue reading

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2015 03 26 Microsoft does not distribute security updates via email

Today I received the Microsoft Security Advisory Notification shown below in its entirety.   I felt this deserved some special attention.  Read the following excerpt from the advisory: “If you receive an email message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft … Continue reading

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From Antivirus to Threats

By Dennis Strain © March 2015  You might ask yourself “do I need antivirus?”  “I never had antivirus before and everything is ok,” you might say. Well, let’s talk about it. This is how Wikipedia defines a computer virus:  A computer … Continue reading

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2014 01 14 CryptoPrevent: A New AntiMalware Tool

CryptoPrevent was created by an experienced I.T. man named Nick Shaw, who saw a need for a small utility to apply Windows GPO (Group Policy Object) settings that lock out, for the most part, this creepy and creeping bit of ransomware … Continue reading

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2014 01 10 Why Enclave, Why Computer Management

SYSTEM MANAGEMENT – WHAT IS IT?  Computer system management is a rather difficult concept to convey even to those who work in a corporate environment let alone home computer users. I will do my best to describe the basics in … Continue reading

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2013 11 18 Internet Explorer – A Website Suddenly Doesn’t Work!

This blog post is a bit long.  It would be best to print it off, then mark each step as you perform it. Let me be clear, I like all the mainstream web browsers.  They each have their special features. … Continue reading

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2013 11 05 Basic Defense Against Viruses & Malware

This blog post is not meant to be an exhaustive list of security practices, but a simple, bare introduction to some things you can do to help secure your computer remain uninfected by viruses and other malware. I urge you … Continue reading

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2013 10 29 Caution Running Old Software

Here is an excellent description regarding security problems running old software; Windows XP in this case: http://bit.ly/17VheA3 Don’t get me wrong,  I like Windows XP.  In my opinion it was the first truly good desktop version of Windows, at least after service … Continue reading

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Security Advise – External Drives

Many people habitually leave their thumb drives, external USB drives and other external drives attached to their computer all the time.  This is not a good idea.  Here’s why… Bad guys of all kinds attempt to access remote computers – … Continue reading

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