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Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2017

Paranoia is your best defense on your computer and online

Email & online security     |     Computers     |     Phones & tablets

Antivirus programs     |     Adware

Passwords     |     Phone scams     |     Wire transfers

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2017. You can download a copy here.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. Bad guys are coming up with inventive and sophisticated ways to fool us in email messages, on the phone, and on the web. […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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Why Windows 10 Won’t Connect To The Internet (Another Day, Another Microsoft Update Disaster)

Windows 10 - no Internet access

If your computer won’t connect to the Internet, you might have run into a new Windows bug. It’s got all the classic symptoms of Microsoft bugs.

•  It’s affecting a large number of people but we don’t know how many. Microsoft has posted an extraordinary banner on its support pages, which suggests it might be a widespread problem. […] continued

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Security Tip: Replace, Upgrade And Secure Your Router

Linksys WRT54g router

Pity the poor forgotten router. You have one in your house or your business. It’s your closest approach to the Internet. The router is the first line of defense that you trust to keep your computers safe. If they do their job, routers do not call attention to themselves and they’re easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your Internet connection and your security. […] continued

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Security Tip: Hover Over Links Before You Click

Security tip: hover over links before you click

When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.

This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Is Windows 10’s Biggest Mistake

Microsoft Edge - inferior to Google Chrome in just about every way

Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2016

Rules for computer safety 2016

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2016.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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Ad Blocking Part 2: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the Internet has to be paid for

Previously – Ad Blocking Part 1: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

The Internet has to be paid for.

That’s the rest of the ad blocking debate in a nutshell.

When you use an ad blocker, you’re sending a message to advertisers and publishers: “Ads are now overly intrusive. […] continued

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Ad Blocking: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the good, the bad and the death of the Internet

Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continued

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Internet Explorer Will Begin Blocking The Worst Adware

Adware examples that will be blocked by Internet Explorer Smartscreen Filter

The SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer will be updated in June to protect you against online advertising that might harm your computer. It’s a long overdue step to provide basic protection that really should have been covered years ago by your antivirus program.

The scum writing misleading “advertisements” have become more brazen, putting up outright lies to fool you into installing their crap. […] continued

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How To Defend Yourself Against Adware & Malware

Adware & malware / virus - where it comes from, how to avoid it

I spent the weekend trying to clean adware off a perfectly nice computer. One errant click and the damage was done: web pages began filling with links to ads, injected by the blizzard of programs, browser extensions and add-ins that had come on board. The browser home pages were changed, the desktop was littered with new icons, popups were appearing in the middle of the screen, on and on. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2015

Rules for computer safety 2015

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2015.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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Security Warning: Be Alert For Amazon Scam Email

Amazon scam email

The email above landed in my inbox this morning. It’s phony. I don’t know how it got through the junk mail filter. We are required to be paranoid these days! It’s sad. Let me give you some tips for staying safe out there.

The message purports to be from Amazon. It’s got the look and feel of Amazon’s emails. […] continued

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Comcast Turning Homes Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Comcast free public wifi expanding to homes

Comcast customers can already connect to free WiFi on their laptops and phones in hundreds of thousands of locations across the country. Now Comcast is expanding its free WiFi network by turning home routers into public hotspots.

It’s a rare case of a large company doing something good for its customers that it’s not required to do – no immediately obvious evil motive, nothing that justifies cynicism. […] continued

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The Return Of Cryptolocker

The return of Cryptolocker

Cryptolocker is arguably the worst virus we have ever faced. It first appeared last fall and caused havoc, then left the news for a few months.

It’s back. I’ve had two clients lose computers to Cryptolocker or a variation on it in the last month, and there are reports that it is spreading worldwide. […] continued

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