Keep Your Internet Browser Updated

Your internet browser needs to be kept updated no matter which one you use. Edge and Internet Explorer which is part of Windows 10 will be kept up to date through Windows update. Internet Explorer in Windows 7 will also be kept up to date through Windows Update. Another reason why you need to do Windows updates. If Windows update is not working you need to address that. If you are using Google Chrome here are instructions to update , even though updates to Chrome should be automatic but if you have not rebooted your computer in a while , they may have stopped. Google Chrome update instructions If you are using Firefox here are the instructions Firefox update instructions

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What Can We Learn From The Worldwide Cyber Attack

Saturday morning in Australia we learned of a worldwide cyber attack that caused amongst other things , hospitals in the UK to be disrupted when they were unable to access their computer systems as they were ” locked out ” due to ransomware running on their systems. Are you at risk? If you ignored the March 2017 security update, where the vulnerability was identified and Security Update for Microsoft Windows SMB Server (4013389) which was rated as critical for all versions of Microsoft Windows. If you have not updated your system recently, and I mean “March 2017 or later.” If you are running a version of Microsoft Exchange older than 2010. So if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, and you’ve been updating your system regularly, you are probably not at risk. According to analytics firm NetMarketShare, only about 7% of the world is at risk for WannaCrypt right now. So what can we learn: Patch your systems with Windows update – the attacked computers were running out of date operating systems Have a backup that can be restored after an attack Stop opening emails that maybe not for you – when in doubt don’t – if you don’t think it was for… Read More

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5 Tips To Start The Year

Turn on two-step verification: This means giving Microsoft , Google your mobile phone number .This will make it harder for “hackers” to access your account even if they guess your password because if they try to sign in on a device Microsoft or Google doesn’t recognize, they’ll be asked for an extra security code (which you can get from a special app on your phone, sent to a different email address or via SMS text message). Use a strong password and change it often: Make sure your password contains a mix of letters, numbers and symbols, isn’t a complete word and is different than the password you use on other sites. Be sure to change your password often. Watch for suspicious activity on your account: The “Recent Activity” page on your Microsoft Account shows recent sign-ins and changes to your account, and allows you to let Microsoft know if you were not the person making these changes. The Security page in Google will show recent activity on any devices that have a Google Account  Be careful of suspicious emails and websites: Don’t open emails from unfamiliar senders or email attachments that you don’t recognize. Be careful when downloading apps or… Read More

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If You Own A Samsung Computer You May Want To Read This – Updated

It has been reported that some Samsung computers are disabling Windows Update which as anyone who has listened to me is a recipe for disaster. Samsung have said they will fix it but it would pay you to read the article from the following link. Samsung Computers Quietly Disable Windows Update  Update Since I wrote this Samsung have acknowledged that they will fix this HOWEVER you will need to go to Samsung updates which a lot of owners never appear to visit. It would pay all computer owners to check if there are updates done by their manufacturer Samsung Back Down 

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When Should I Check For Updates On My Windows Computer?

All Windows users should check their Windows Updates on the second wednesday of every month as this is referred to as ” Patch Tuesday ” in America by Microsoft. Remember not all updates are done automatically so you need to manually check. In Windows 8 just look in the control panel and there is a tab for Windows Update and check there. You can do the same in Windows 7 or just go Start , All Programs , Windows Update.

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Computer Security – It Is What You Do That Counts

Remember – When it comes to computer security it is what you do that counts Email Security When reading emails you have to be very careful and be wary of these emails that contain some of the following: You have not inherited any money  Nobody is going to double your money Video links to the “dancing cat ” or jokes may contain malware  Click here to confirm your details – never do this through an email  Christmas bargains – if it seems too good to be true it probably is  Parcel deliveries – they are not tracked through a link in an email  Remember : If you don’t think it was meant for you it probably wasn’t  Why keeping Windows up to date is like locking up your house  Windows updates are your first line of defence against getting a virus or malware infection Virus and malware infections access “holes” in the Windows operating system that have not been patched If you have not done the updates then it is the same as leaving your doors or windows unlocked in your home and then going out  Windows updates closes these ” holes ” – secures your doors and windows  If… Read More

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The Signs You May Have A Malware / Virus Infection

Some people will put up with their computer running poorly without ever realising they could have a malware / virus infection.  However malware is also designed not to be noticed but you maybe able to recognise the symptoms that might be caused by malware. So what are some of the things to look for to see  if you have a virus / malware infection.  Windows update does not work Try running windows update manually , go into start , all programs , windows update and then try and run the updates that are available.  If you get error messages that they did not install or windows update checks for updates and never gives you a result ( just keeps on running ) , then you are probably infected. Virus / malware infections will close down windows update as they are designed to access vulnerabilities in the windows operating system and windows update is designed to patch vulnerabilities.  System restore will stop working You will be unable to take your computer back to an earlier time Pop ups and mystery programs will appear  Programs will appear that you have never installed such as registry cleaners , bogus back up programs ,… Read More

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