For Small Businesses, it is critical to understand the future impact of avoiding sound cybersecurity practices. It will be a necessary cost of doing business in the digital age. Check out this article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/cybertruth/2013/12/24/why-small-businesses-must-tackle-cybersecurity/4190325/
I have a busy day tomorrow. However, I will do my best to return any messages as quick as I am able especially concerning last minute buying advice.
Beware all smartphone users. Hackers see a big opportunity. Good article http://www.technewsdaily.com/18696-why-hackers-target-smartphone.html
With less than a week before Christmas, you will see “fantastic” offers for a lot of tech products. This can be overwhelming to experienced as well as inexperienced tech users. My favorite website for referring people for detailed help is the Buying Guides page on Kim Komando’s website http://www.komando.com/buyguide/. She has evaluating and writing about computers and other tech items for a long time. What I like most, is that she gives information in a practical manner. So, depending on your Internet browser, make this one of your bookmarks or favorites.
Beware of a recent scam that I helped resolve. The person received a phone call claiming to be from Microsoft and convinced her to let them take over her computer. They installed a hidden program that gave them constant access to their computer. Microsoft or for that matter, any large well known company will not do this. So, don’t fall for the trap.
XP users-Windows will be retiring XP soon. It’s time to move on. I can help with the transition. Please read this http://www.pcworld.com/article/2080200/windows-xp-retirement-nears.html
Do you know what a bot is? Basically, it’s a computer reading a web page versus a human reading one. Here’s an interesting article on bots. Bots are running the Internet and you probably never knew it. The numbers are staggering when you think how many people visit versus computers. There’s something in this article from novice to expert http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57615501-83/bots-now-running-the-internet-with-61-percent-of-web-traffic/
I read an interesting article about security during the Holiday shopping period and want to share it with you as the writer uses a play on words “it’s the most dangerous time of the year”. So, just a little bit of advice and awareness to help you:
I’ve been scanning the tech news wires and from komando.com you need to know about a very bad virus called the Pony Botnet Controller that steals your passwords from your logins to famous sites like here on Facebook, Google, email programs and more. Without getting into tech speak, make sure your Internet Security app is updated along with your Operating System and Internet browser. You may want to change your passwords, too. This is wise to do periodically. For more info, click here http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1567