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Microsoft Will Stop Protecting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020

Windows 7 computers will still run, your anti-virus will still work, as will your other programs. But you are taking a significant risk because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates that help keep attackers out of your network.
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Find Out if You Can Collect a Bundle from the Equifax Breach

There is a strong chance that hackers obtained your identity information in the Equifax breach. It exposed 148 million American’s sensitive information, and that sets you and your family up for identity theft. If you already suffered identity theft and can prove Equifax was the source, you might get up to twenty thousand dollars. Continue reading ‘Find Out if You Can Collect a Bundle from the Equifax Breach’


Never Permit Tech Support to Access your Computer

A company had a problem with their bank’s remote deposit software. They called technical support, and the bank’s software support person announced, “First, I need to connect to your computer to see what is going on.” Fortunately, the company’s team member told the bank’s technical support person, Continue reading ‘Never Permit Tech Support to Access your Computer’


When You Buy New Wi-Fi devices, be Sure they Support Wi-Fi Version 6

Wi-Fi technology is always changing. When you buy new Wi-Fi equipment, be sure to ask if there is a Wi-Fi version 6 option available. You will increase speed, security, and help futureproof your investment. Wi-Fi version 6 will become the new standard for several reasons: Continue reading ‘When You Buy New Wi-Fi devices, be Sure they Support Wi-Fi Version 6’


Protect your Company from the Imminent Threat called Eternal Blue

In 2017, the NSA made headlines after developing a hacking tool called Eternal Blue. The NSA did not notify Microsoft of the stockpiled vulnerabilities, so Microsoft didn’t know what holes to seal. The hacker group called Shadow Brokers acquired this powerful hacking tool developed by some of our nation’s best and brightest. Continue reading ‘Protect your Company from the Imminent Threat called Eternal Blue’


You Do Not Need to Understand Computers to Make Ransomware

There is a new program that is designed to help even non-technical people to create ransomware. The tool is called Inpivx, and it is designed to provide easy point-and-click functionality. Continue reading ‘You Do Not Need to Understand Computers to Make Ransomware’


What to Do if Someone Hacks Your Email Account

How to protect yourself if, or even before, an unauthorized spammer uses one of your email accounts to send out spam: Continue reading ‘What to Do if Someone Hacks Your Email Account’


How to Stop the Annoying Phone Calls

Everyone is tired of getting those annoying phone calls. Sometimes the callers are people trying to steal your credit card numbers.

Tools are available to help stop the problem. Continue reading ‘How to Stop the Annoying Phone Calls’


How to Best Protect Your Mobile Devices

The RSA Security Conference is wrapping up today. I’ve been here all week, and almost all of the best security companies demonstrated their security protection tools. Guess what was missing? Continue reading ‘How to Best Protect Your Mobile Devices’