Friday, September 23, 2016

Yahoo breached! What YOU need to do...


Yahoo announced that 500 million of their accounts were hacked and are sold by internet criminals. Bad guys are going to use this information in a variety of ways. For instance, they will send phishing emails claiming you need to change your Yahoo account, looking just like the real ones.   Here is what I suggest you do right away:
  • Open your browser and go to Yahoo. Do not use a link in any email. Reset your password and make it a strong, complex password or rather a pass-phrase. 
  • If you were using that same password on multiple websites, you need to stop that right now. Using the same password all over the place is an invitation to get hacked. If you did use your Yahoo passwords on other sites, go to those sites and change the password there too. Also change the security questions and make the answer something non-obvious.
  • Use a free password manager that can generate hard-to-hack passwords, keep and remember them for you.
  • Watch out for any phishing emails that relate to Yahoo in any way and ask for information.
  • Now would also be a good time to use Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password altogether.

Thanks to the lads and ladies at KnowBe4 for this great information!

Need help with any of this? Reach out to me by submitting a ticket HERE.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Are updates actually important?

   


    Yes, yes they are. Let’s just get that straight right off the bat. Software updates for anything connecting to the Internet are increasingly crucial as digital thieves find more and more lucrative ways to steal your Greenbacks and ruin your life. Here's a real-life example of how that could happen.

    What’s that? Priceless family photos? Let me lock down your computer with a virus that uses high-grade encryption – and hold your files at ransom until you pay up.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Are Chromebooks Viable?

When I mentioned getting a Chromebook, I was asked to test it with work applications to check viability. Here are my findings.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why I'm Upgrading To Windows 8 - and Why You Shoudn't


Or rather, "Why You Shouldn't - Unless You Have a Tablet".


Windows 8 is a touchscreen-centric operating system, the only real advantages of upgrading exist there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How to Install CM7 on the MyTouch 3G Slide (Aka, HTC Expresso)


I recently had to install CyanogenMod 7 on my Grandma's phone, the HTC Expresso slider.

Why would I do such a silly thing? Why does she even have a smartphone?

Well, the stock OS that can only be considered the result of an unholy union between HTC and T-Mobile is horrible. Buggy as heck, and basic features like Messaging and Contacts are a pain to work with due to missing features, gaudy theming, and all-around bad code...


Monday, December 5, 2011

Is Android Ready?


Is Android Ready?

Although Android has gone mainstream already, and is currently the dominating smartphone OS, there is still some skepticism over its overall polish and usability.

So my question to you is this: "Is Android Ready?"