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Millions of Computers at Risk from Malware Infected CCleaner
Cyber-security team Cisco Talos reports today that recently installed and updated versions of CCleaner (a computer performance optimization tool used to remove temporary internet files and repair registry errors) was infected with malware. With over 2 billion worldwide downloads, it’s important that you ensure that your computer is not affected by this CCleaner breach. The […]Read More
Nerd Chick Adventures: 5 Tech Mistakes to Stop Making Today
by Andrea Eldridge Logging on to your computer can be a dangerous venture: Hackers! Malware! Never-ending spam! Some common habits make you vulnerable to the worst elements of the Internet. Stop making these five tech mistakes today, and you’ll be instantly safer online. Neglecting to install Operating System updates on your computers AND mobile devices. […]Read More
Nerd Chick Adventures: Is that App Safe to Download?
Mobile devices like Smartphones and tablets are made infinitely better – or worse – by the apps you install on them. With well over a million apps on the market, it can be overwhelming to decipher safe apps from the sketchy ones. Here’s how to recognize the duds before you download them. “App” is short […]Read More
Nerd Chick Adventures: Beware of Public WiFi!
When you pay by the megabyte for data through your cell service provider, the free WiFi offered at your local Starbucks or McDonalds provides a real value. Yet, there are inherent dangers in connecting to a public WiFi network, particularly if you intend on taking care of personal banking, connecting to social media, or shopping […]Read More
Nerd Chick Adventures: You’ve Been Hacked!
At our computer repair company, Nerds on Call, we frequently get calls from customers concerned that they’ve been “hacked.” It’s a term all over the news, from data breaches at companies like Target, Google and Home Depot, to networks of hackers that make their living stealing identities and data from victims all over the world. […]Read More
Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections
All Lenovo users need to be aware that the manufacturer was pre-installing an adware program, called Superfish, on new laptops up until January 2015. The program breaks secure connections to webpages, making your online activities – including passwords and any data you enter into a webpage – vulnerable to hackers. Here’s what you need to […]Read More
Make Awesomely Secure Passwords Easily
Remembering a unique login and password for every website you frequent on the internet requires either a genius-level photographic memory or a really cool trick. Since these days I often forget what I was getting up to retrieve as soon as I leave the room, my vote goes to the really cool trick method. Here’s […]Read More
“Heartbleed” Bug Discovered – Affects 2/3 of Internet
Researchers today discovered a serious flaw in the security software that keeps two-thirds of the web private. The bug, called “heartbleed,” has been a part of the “OpenSSL” software for two years without being detected. A patch has been written and is being distributed, but web servers running the old version are still affected. Don’t […]Read More
IRS Releases Top Tax Scams of 2014
On February 19th, the IRS released its annual list of the top tax scams for 2014. As more taxpayers prepare, file, and store their data online, incidents of crimes like identity theft, phone scams and phishing increase. While these scams happen year round, the IRS warns taxpayers to be particularly cautious during tax season. Here’s […]Read More
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was crowded with wearable technology like smart watches, fitness trackers, and Bluetooth jewelry. Google Glass is already in the hands of a few select early-adopters. Even those brands without a wearable device on the market, such as Apple and Microsoft, are rumored to have them in the works. Manufacturers believe […]Read More
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