The Windows Expiration is Big News

Do you have Windows 7 or 8? If so, this crucial news pertains to you. Even though your operating systems won’t technically be unusable or “expire”, beginning on January 14th 2020, Microsoft will no longer send updates or offer support for these versions. This can...

Zero Day Vulnerabilities: Scary Stories from the Crypt

Happy Halloween! Most of us take delight in spooky ghost stories, mummies, or vampires in late October. For those of us who most value data, however, our threats are a little more… technological.

IoT Devices Are Not Safe By Default!

You may have never heard them referred to as “Internet of Things” devices, but you might just have a few in your home. Smart home gadgets, Alexa and Google Home, and smart screens in newer car models are all examples of these sophisticated yet highly functional...

Warning: Emotet Malware is Back in Action

Emotet, a well known banking trojan used to steal sensitive information (like bank account details) from computers, has awakened after a four month long hibernation. And with a reputation for being one of the most damaging, elusive and costly malwares around, that’s...

We Know You Have Trust Issues, But Windows Updates are Safe Now

Microsoft Windows updates don’t have much of a favorable reputation. Folks always seem to be groaning about their frequency, inconvenience, and functionality! It's even become a bit of a running joke for those who use computers on a frequent basis. But as we’ve told...

A Bit of Irony for Bitcoin Enthusiasts

Email receipts, paperless banking, electronic filing: these computer-powered features have been notoriously helpful when it comes to conserving energy and natural resources. As a matter of fact, with apps like PayPal and Venmo, even cash is becoming somewhat obsolete!...

An Unexpected Way To Keep Technology Secure: Update, Update, Update

Annoyed by those constant system updates that seem to happen at the most inconvenient of times? Don’t be. They might feel arbitrary or even pointless, but behind the scenes those updates are actively protecting you against dangerous vulnerabilities in your existing system.

You’ve Got Ransomware- Now What?

If some of your data suddenly appears to be held hostage until you pay a fee, it’s likely that you’ve found yourself a victim of ransomware. This can be a frightening experience that seems to warrant an extreme reaction, but don’t buy into it just yet- there are some...

To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt- That is the Question

You’ve likely heard of “encryption” in reference to sensitive information- like when a payment is being processed online. What is it, then? And how does it work? To encrypt data means to scramble it, thereby preventing unauthorized access. And it’s absolutely...

A Foolproof Guide to Backing Up Data

“Save early, save often” was the phrase drilled into us when we first started using computers- and even though most things save automatically these days, the same concept still applies to backing up crucial data. Don’t let the “it’ll never happen to me” mindset cost...