Computer Security

DO YOU TRUST AMAZON, TOO MUCH?

  I know many people use and trust Amazon WITHOUT QUESTION. There is a new scam that is relying on that trust (and Amazon’s good name) and trying to use it against you. Beware online shoppers! The latest email phishing scam looks just like an order cancellation notice from Amazon.com. As always, be sure to […]

Digital Stalking. Are You Sharing Too Much?

                    Think about every social media site that you use. Now think about the information you are sharing on these sites. There is a new mobile geo-location app called Girls Around Me. The app makes use of the public information that is shared in Facebook profiles […]

WHAT IS RANSOMWARE AND HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER

I am sure many of you are aware of the typical virus that corrupts your files, steals your information or slows your computer down to a crawl. There is a different type of virus (malware) that will hold your computer hostage. It is called Ransomware. Ransomware viruses are not new, but they are increasing. HOW […]

WHAT ARE COOKIES AND WHY SUPER COOKIES SHOULD CONCERN YOU

Cookies are small text files that get stored on your computer by websites that you visit.  A cookie can also be known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie or browser cookie. WHAT’S THE POINT? Cookies are mainly used to track website activity. Most websites will tell you that they use cookies to personalize your experience […]

SHOULD YOU REALLY GO TO THAT WEBSITE? KNOW BEFORE YOU CLICK

There was a time when you actually had to do some work to infect your computer with a virus, such as open an infected file that you had on a diskette, CD, USB drive or that you received in an email. Now all you have to do is visit an infected website (Drive-by Download) and […]

STOLEN COMPUTERS = Personal Information Leak

Are you a member of the YMCA? If so, you may have received a letter regarding their computer theft and that your personal information could be in the hands of crooks. Here is another opportunity for me to talk about encryption. In this case, whole drive encryption. Encryption is when you take data\information that can […]

HELP! I Can’t Keep Up With All Of These Passwords

Does this sound like you or someone you know? I have to remember too many passwords. I have so many passwords that I just write them down. I have so many passwords that I use simple passwords so I can remember them. I use the same password for everything. I have two hopes with this […]