What Is Malvertising ?

Love this graphic that explains Malvertising from Malwarebytes So what is Malvertising ? Stands for Malicious advertising that infects your computer with malware and in many cases popup ads that will not go away. So how do you get it .You visit a website – the threats lie in the ads and these ads ( selected ones ) are designed to infect peoples computers So how do you protect yourself – your computer from Malvertising. An Adblocker combined with an effective antivirus solution will help combat this currently.

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This Is Why You Must Back Up

I noticed the following story on Digg  ( Hewlett Packard Wipes Your Hard Drive To Fix A Broken Key ) and it highlights the fact that no matter what ,you should always back up because you don't know what may happen.
The story basically states that it is HPs policy that they format and reinstall the operating system no matter what sort of repair they are going to do. 

The poor person in the story only went in to get a key replaced on her laptop.
I recently helped someone who put her laptop in for a new keyboard and the repairer replaced:

  • The Keyboard
  • The Hard Drive
  • The Ram

She gave the old hard drive to me in the hope that i would be able to get her documents off the drive , the repairer of the laptop claimed they could not ( they did not try hard enough as i was able to recover all documents ).
Did she need her ram changed , no.
Did she need a new hard drive , probably not
When putting your computer in for repairs it pays to ask a few questions.

  • Are you an authorized repairer for the computers brand?
  • Are you going to wipe my hard drive?
  • How long will this job take?

Dont underestimate the question of time as in Adelaide there was a computer repairer that if you got your computer back within 6 months , yes 6 months , you were doing well.

Remember have a backup schedule.

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10 Computer Retail Traps

This post was written with “tongue firmly planted in cheek” but these things still go on today in the industry and in Adelaide and are examples of poor advice and service that you could experience. 1. Shoddy Service: You drop off your laptop to get a new battery and it is still there after 6 months (It has happened) 2. Paying An Unnecessary Price: You are asked to pay a premium price to get your computer looked at when getting repaired and be bumped “up the queue” 3.Buying Something You Don’t Need: You buy a new computer and are pressured into buying antivirus software, so the store gets a commission.(Do some reasearch and amke an informed choice) 4. Ducking The Issue: You are told “we will contact you when your computer is ready” and get no answers until you ring them, then the technician is out at lunch, so you fail to get an adequate explanation of your computers issues. 5. Awful Advice: The salesperson basing their selling techniques on what they use not what you may need. 6. Getting You In: “Yes you can reserve a new widget, which comes out on Friday”. When you arrive on Friday you… Read More

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