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Don't Get Hacked at a Hotspot

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Don't Get Hacked at a Hotspot

Connecting to the internet using WiFi at a coffee shop or other public place, even with a password, makes you vulnerable. Subscribing to a VPN (virtual private network) service protects you when connecting to hotspots. Each year when April Fools Day comes around, let it serve as a reminder to evaluate your computer security protections. Aprils Fools is a favorite day for releasing computer malware that is no joke. I have researched VPN services and have one to recommend to you. Here's why you need a VPN subscription.Other users of a WiFi hotspot don't have to be computer geniuses to...

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Do You Have a Security Gap?

Do You Have a Security Gap?

Do you have a gap in your defenses against computer disasters? You can protect against a common threat by *creating* a gap!  Not all gaps are bad. A gap...

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Your Computer Has Holes

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Your Computer Has Holes

Your computer has holes that viruses can exploit. You can defend against them, but traditional antivirus software won't do the job. In 2016, Microsoft identified and patched over 100 holes each in Windows 10, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft Edge web browser. In addition, over 80 vulnerabilties were found and patched in Microsoft Word and Excel. Some of the holes and vulnerabilities existed for months before Microsoft released fixes. Even if you have automatic Microsoft updates enabled and promptly reboot your computers, you have been exposed.I strongly recommend that you install advanced protection like Webroot Security. You get triple...

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Selective Sync - Safely work with files on your laptop or device

Selective Sync - Safely work with files on your laptop or device

The Selective Sync feature of SecureMyFirm allows you to keep folders from your network or main computer in sync with folders on your laptop, tablet and phone. You may...

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Cybersecurity Good News?

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Cybersecurity Good News?

The year of 2016 actually produced some good news on the cybersecurity front. It appears that law enforcement had more success stories in 2016 than in any previous year. Here is a sampling: Hacker Gets 4 Years in Prison for Selling Stolen Bank Accounts Russian Hacker Suspected in Massive LinkedIn Breach Arrested The Hacker behind World’s Largest-ever Bank Hack Arrested in Russia Hacker Known as Guccifer Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison For details and more successful crime-solving stories and links, see: Year-End Cybercrime Update

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