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Managed Antivirus vs Free Antivirus: Get The Best Protection For Your Home Or Business

Many computer repair shops and remote tech support firms install free antivirus software on client's computers that don't have one installed after a tune up or a virus removal. In fact Windows 10 actually has built in virus protection. But are the free options really adequate for protecting your computer? I am finding that this is not the case, I used to install free antivirus too but I stopped doing that and started offering a managed antivirus. In this post, I will explain why I did this and why it provides better protection for your home or office computers.

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What To Do If You Come Across A Scam Message

I've had several clients last year have issues with finding scam ads on their computers saying things like "Your Computer Is Infected" and "Your Computer Is Locked, Give Us A Call To Fix It" or something like that. In each of these cases there isn't actually a virus on the computer but these messages do do stuff in the browser that can scare you into thinking something is actually happening even though it's not. When in doubt, I always encourage all my clients to give me a call to get whatever the problem is fixed, even if it's just a simple question. Today, I'm going to do you one better and give you a few tips on how to avoid these messages and what to do if you come across one. Knowledge is power folks and I want to give you the power to avoid these scams once and for all!

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How To Fix Slow Windows Updates

If you use Windows Vista, 7, or 8, you might be having a serious problem on your computer and not even know it. The problem is with Windows Update. In the summer of last year a major Windows Update bug happened that affected Windows 7 users the most, it caused Windows Update to take hours, even days to check for updates. The results were devastating!

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The Importance Of Backing Up

Many people don't backup their computers and they should. You don't know how valuable your personal or business data is until you've lost it. Backing up can be really easy on the wallet and painless to actually do and it's worth it to protect your files. Find out why and how you should backup in this post.

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Is Your WiFi Network Safe From Hackers?

WiFi is awesome and it's plentiful! Almost every household is using a wireless router to connect all of their laptops, smartphones, and tablets to their super fast cable or DSL Internet connection. More and more businesses are starting to add WiFi to their stores, making it easier to get online wherever you are without using as much cellphone data. However, most WiFi routers when not set up properly can make your WiFi network a treasure trove for hackers to pull data out of your computer and allow them to make money off of it. You may already have taken steps to protect yourself but there may be steps you don't know about or haven't thought about. In this blog post, you will learn how to take the security of your WiFi router to the next level.

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Watch Out for Tech Support Scammers!

A few of my clients have brought to my attention (not to mention it's been in the news as well) that they have been getting phone calls from foreigners claiming they are from Microsoft and that they have been monitoring their computers and found evidence of a malware attack and want $150 or more to fix it. My clients didn't belive them and you shouldn't either.

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What is 2-Factor Authentication and Why You Should Use It

In this post I want to talk about a powerful yet underused tool that you can use to increase the protection of your online accounts and the data you store on them. It's called 2-Factor Authentication. It's not available for most websites that you have a username and password for but it is for some of the most popular ones. This is something you should enable if you store sensitive data on online accounts that support this feature.

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The Importance of Computer Security

A little over a week ago I gave a presentation for the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce Bite Size Business series of business seminars. My topic was about computer and data security for small businesses. I spent about an hour talking about all the horors of malware and how it can disrupt or even destroy your business, how to prevent malware from infecting your computer, and securing your online accounts that might have business data on it (because who doesn't in the era of the cloud nowadays).

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5 Malware Misconceptions Debunked

Malware, for those that don't know, is any type of software that is capable of harming your computer. Malware can threaten your business or personal files and prevent you from doing important tasks on your computer. Malware can take multiple forms such as Viruses, Trojan Horses, Scareware and more. Today we will look at 5 misconceptions that some people might have about malware and give you a few tips to protect your computer(s) from all that bad stuff that's out there on the Internet

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