Security and Your Computer

Security and Your Computer

Whether you are a business owner or a home user, computers have found their way into every aspect of our daily lives. We use them to store data, do homework, for online shopping and sometimes tools for our jobs.  The amount of data, photos and videos that are stored on our computers grows daily.  Many of these items are one of a kind and can never be replaced.  We need to protect ourselves from loss of the valuable information. Most businesses have systems to secure their data from hackers.  Home computer users need to do the same.  Think of the information that may be on your computer – credit card numbers, social security numbers and other personal data is stored on your computer.  Everyone is a computer security risk. When a computer is intentionally “broken into”, this is called cybercrime.  Agencies such as the FBI watch for this type of crime and unethical computer activity such as cracking, hacking and cyber extortion. Types of Computer Villains There was a period in time when hacking had a positive connotation.  However, since the onset of computer crimes, hacking has become a crime that is closely watched.  A hacker is an individual whose goal is to gain access to your computer or computer network illegally.  Their primary purpose is to obtain personal information which they can use or sell on the internet.  Many hackers use the excuse they are doing the system administrator a favor by showing them where there are deficiencies in their computer security. Give PcRx a call if you suspect your computer has been hacked. We can help you...
The What, Who, Where and Why of Spam

The What, Who, Where and Why of Spam

Spam – Can You Avoid It? If you have been watching our Facebook page, you know that we have been trying to keep you posted on spam emails that are harmful to your computer. At one time, spam was nothing more than clutter in your inbox, however, now it is commonly used as a way to commit electronic crime and even corporate espionage.  We have develop the 4 Ws of spam to answer the questions we get asked most often. What is Spam? Often referred to as junk email, it is defined by internet fraud detectors as unsolicited commercial email.  This is email that is sent out in bulk to a vast number of people who never requested email from the sender.  These emails can range from simple advertisements to a program that is designed to hijack your system and to cause damage to your computer. Some of the most common spam commercial advertisers are for: Pyramid schemes Pornographic websites Mortgage loans Chain letters Credit repair Fraudulent pharmaceuticals Software that has been stolen or pirated The more dangerous forms of spam include viruses that will infect your computer, what is called a Trojan horse than will take over your email program and then proceed to send spam to your friends and phishing scams whose intent is to obtain financial and personal information. Who Spams? People responsible for spam are referred to as “Spammers.”  There are actually two types of spammers. Honest spammers – these are people who have complied with all anti-spam laws and actually have the consent of the recipient to receive the email. These are businesses who...
Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

Are You Taking Your Computer Security Seriously

With all that is going on in the world, it seems that as time goes by we become more and more complacent.  An orange alert doesn’t mean much to us anymore.  This same complacency often applies to our computer security.  It isn’t until something happens that we wish we had taken the recommended precautions. Exactly what are we referring to when we talk about computer security?  The primary purpose of computer security is to protect your information and computer property from not only theft but also from natural disaster such as a power outage and from corruption.  At the same time, you still need for the information to remain accessible to you and others to whom you grant access.  In other words, you want to make sure that valuable or sensitive information is kept secure and safe and that the bad guys are kept out. With today’s technology, computer security is affordable and there is really no excuse for not taking the necessary precautions.  We have mentioned VIPRE in previous posts and their home license allows you to protect your home computer, laptop and iPad for one low annual fee. Here are 7 simple tips on computer security Make sure that you keep your anti-virus and firewall up to date.  There are over 70,000 new software applications being developed every day and many of these are malicious invaders that are just waiting to attack your computer.  Check with your local computer dealer on how to ensure that your spyware is current. Don’t forget to install your patches.  When you start your computer, you will receive a pop up on...
Email Account Hacked? Follow These Computer Help Tips

Email Account Hacked? Follow These Computer Help Tips

One of the many reasons why computer users call for professional computer help is because their email accounts get hacked. Emails are one of the easiest programs to get hacked, especially if you use only one email account for everything that you do online. Remember that you need an email account to register in most online programs and software. If you use only one email address, you’ll most likely get spam messages and eventually you’re email address will be at risk of getting hacked.And the last thing any of us wants is a hacked email account! In fact, most people consider this the worst thing that could happen because there are lots of important files and information that the hacker could get access to when your emails get hacked. There are some preventive measures that you can do to avoid being hacked. But of course, these viruses and hackers continuously evolve and get smarter and are able to work around your security measures. This is why it is also important for you to learn about what you can do to remediate the situation should it happen to you. Professional computer help tips for hacked email accounts Change your password immediately If you notice your email account has been hacked, log into your account immediately and change your password. Remember to keep your new password long with a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. Try not to use real words or names. The more complex the password is the more difficult it will be for the hackers to access your email account. Check all...
Get Virus Protection Not Only For Your Computer

Get Virus Protection Not Only For Your Computer

Virus protection programs are not developed solely for computers. They can be used to protect and secure your other important possessions, particularly those that use a computer as well as those that can be accessed through a computer. Among these is your car and your credit cards. Virus protection for your cars Today’s cars are made with a computer to control its various systems and safety features. If this is hacked, you will not only lose control of your car but you’re most likely at risk of getting in a car accident. If you think it won’t be easy for a hacker to mess up your car’s computer control system, you need to think again. According to a Spanish research by Javier Vazquez-Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera, it only takes a small device that was created from parts costing about $20 to hack a car’s central control system. They called this device the Controller Area Network (CAN) Hacking Tool or CHT as it needs to be connected with the CAN bus of a car to allow someone to control the car’s settings. The hackers will then be able to control the car by sending commands to the CHT via Bluetooth. Upon receiving the commands, the CHT will then input the commands to the CAN bus. Hence, the hackers can easily control the different functions of the car, including the windows, lights, breaks, and steering. The CHT runs by getting power from the car’s electrical system so it doesn’t easily run out of power. The information from this valuable research proves how important it is for car owners to start...
Does Your Computer Have The Best Virus Protection?

Does Your Computer Have The Best Virus Protection?

As computer owners,the most important thing you need to do before using your pc is to make sure you have the best virus protection. As modern technology continues to develop, people are finding more ways to break through any type of protection you have built for your computer. When this happens, you will become highly vulnerable to all types of computer virus threats and hacking. Aside from installing the best antivirus program on your computer, you will need to accomplish the following basic tasks to ensure no one can break through your wall of virus protection: Be careful in visiting websites – Make sure you don’t visit any website that you know nothing about. If a website looks suspicious, offering you no useful information, then do not stay any longer in that website. Also, never click on any link that looks suspicious. Sometimes, even when you close the webpage, they will try to persuade you to stay longer by asking whether or not you really want to move away from that page. Should this happen, be quick in navigating away from the site. Do not open email attachments – You can only do so if you know who the sender is and if you expect the attachment. If you receive the attachment and the email unexpectedly, even if you know the sender and email address, do not open the attachment. Confirm from the sender whether or not the email was sent on purpose and the sender really wants for you to see and/or review the attachment. Always ensure your virus protection program is up to date – Because no...