Category Archives: Security

New Year’s Resolutions for Your PC

The New Year has begun; it is the perfect time for new beginnings and new resolutions. This year, when you make your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to consider your computing habits. The following are two simple things you can do to make your day-to-day computing safer and more efficient: backup your data and secure your computer.

Computer Won’t Turn On? Check for Viruses

If you’ve ever had a virus that kept your system from booting at all, you know how infuriating it is. One mistake and your computer is now a very expensive brick. If you’ve never had this happen to you, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Viruses are on the rise and show no signs of becoming less of a problem in the future. Fortunately, there are now tools that can save your computer even when you can’t start Windows, and they’re much cheaper than buying a new computer. If you don’t have access to another computer, or can’t follow the instructions here (they can get a little technical), you can always buy the fixmestick at http://www.fixmestick.com. This little device will help you boot into your computer and remove the virus. However, if the $59.99 price...

Computer Tune Up for 2013

Resolve to Regular Computer Tune Up This Year

New Year’s morning – you wake up and within a few hours you’ve broken half the resolutions you’ve set for the year. “I’ll start tomorrow,” you swear. You log on the computer, go directly to Facebook (another resolution down) and start to browse. Just like you, another year passes and your computer gets a little bit slower. If only there were some way to make sure it went to the gym and ate more healthily. According to a study performed by Crucial.com, 4 out of 5 computer users would like to change something about their computer. The top 5 changes they’d make: faster startup, faster programs, more reliability, longer battery life, and more storage space. While your computer can’t make these changes on its own, unlike you, there are...

How To Remove A Virus

How to Remove a Virus: The Best Anti-Virus Software

Do you remember back when your computer was shiny and new, it likely came with pre-installed Norton or McAfee antivirus software. It would periodically pop up little notices that it had downloaded the latest updates, and you felt snug and secure when you surfed online. Then that trial membership expired. You may not have even noticed the lapse in coverage, assuming that the icon in your toolbar was a sign that all was well — or, like many, you may have been wary to spend your hard-earned cash to subscribe. This story is so common that it’s one reason why Panda Security reported in January that approximately 50 percent of the world’s computers are compromised by some form of malware. While I fondly remember the days when...

Take Control Of Your Facebook Account

Facebook Needs a Kick in the Can Every Now and Then

When you join Facebook it all seems so blissfully easy. You supply your email address, let it magically hook you up with everyone in your contacts list, and voila! Instant social connectivity is yours. Before you know it, however, your news feed is clogged with notifications from games your friends are playing and posts from retailers you “liked” in order to claim some special offer, your photos are being commented on by your cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s sister and you have more than a hundred “friends” who you couldn’t point out in a mostly empty room. Where did it all go so wrong? Have no fear. Taking control of your Facebook account is a fairly easy proposition.

Cut off unused apps

Even if you haven’t played Family Feud in over...

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Online Identity Theft Prevention

On August 3rd, 2012, a tech writer for Wired’s “Gadget Lab,” Mat Honan, was the victim of identity theft. His iPhone, iPad and MacBook were remotely wiped, his Twitter account hijacked and his Gmail deleted. He lost irreplaceable photos from the first year of his daughter’s life, hundreds of emails, and his ability to ever again feel secure online. Here’s how to significantly reduce the chances it could happen to you. In the immediate wake of the attack, Mat Honan assumed that his Apple ID password had been compromised. It turns out the perpetrator provided just two pieces of information to Apple’s phone support – the victim’s billing address and the last four digits of his credit card number – and the phone support representative gave the hacker a temporary password, despite the fact...