Security Essentials – Five Tips

Advice, Security

Concerned about ransomware? A recent NY Times article sheds light on a potent new virus development: pay money to get your stuff back. Viruses and other malware were often more of a nuisance, causing slowness and other mischief (typically just on Windows PCs). Now that’s changing. Savvy methods of extortion are gaining a foothold — and, … Read More

How Password “Best Practices” Can Meet Practical Realities

Advice, Security

Most people have heard the fundamentals: the only strong password is long, unique, and a mix of upper & lower case/numbers/special characters. And most people know someone who’s email or Facebook account was hacked, so you know it can happen to you. Yet few people have actually undertaken an effort to abide by these guidelines, … Read More

Avoid Viruses & Spyware (Malware)

Advice, Security

An ounce of prevention is way more fun. Time and effort to protecting yourself pales in comparison to cleaning up an infection (or paying a Russian crime syndicate to retrieve personal or business documents). Be wary of free downloadable software. Avoid clicking on unsolicited pop-ups or links. If you’re being offered a free program in … Read More