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RansomWare Threats

RansomWare Threats

With the threat of “Ransom Ware” ever so prevalent, I can’t stress enough on how careful one should be when clicking links blindly. An example of this is an email that may appear to come from Fed Ex or any shipping company. Often the email will alert you of a package being shipped, provide you with a so called tracking number, as well as places to click where you can check the status of your so called package.
This is a very common way for hackers to install the Ransom Ware viruses that we have been hearing about in the news. Your personal files (pictures, music, documents) can and will be lost if you are a victim of this infection.

The image below is a screenshot of a typical rigged email. Take a look at some of the numbered areas.

  1. This should have a Domain of “FedEx.com”. But you can see that the domain “lexington.us” has nothing to do with the company.
  2. This is pointing out a flaw in the logo, but that’s not something that most would notice.
  3. In this case, the tracking number would look strange if you do very much shipping.
  4. This is the #1 most important thing to remember. Looking at the white box next to #4, you can see the address where you will go if you do click on the Print Receipt button. This box appears if you hover your mouse above the button.

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Printer Purchasing

Printer Purchasing

 

A question that I often get is what printer to by. Knowing what features are needed is going to help drastically. But there are a few other factors that many people overlook.

Cartridge Cost: If you are looking to purchase an inkjet printer, the #1 suggestion that I can give is to compare ink cartridge costs. A cheap inkjet printer could cost as low as $30, but the ink could be double or more.

Brand: The most common brands that I see right now include HP, Canon, Brother, and Xerox. I have not found any single brand to be cheaper or more reliable. Unless you are partial to a particular brand, I would not let that be a deciding factor.

Features: What additional functions will you be performing? Scanning, copying, and fax are the most common.

Mobile Device Printing: Printing from mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads are becoming more and more popular. In the beginning, HP was about the only brand that supported this. Today most printers are capable of this function. Look on the packaging for this feature. It may be worded as “AirPrint” or “E-Print”.

Other Considerations: The two main types of printers include inkjet and laser. While inkjet printers will seem to cost less upfront, laser printers will be less expensive in the long run. Studies have shown that even though a cartridge may cost $50, one will spend less per page when using a laser printer. Laser printers can come with the same features as inkjet printers.

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Windows 10 Is Here

Windows 10 Is Here

Today a new version of Windows is launched.
Wondering if Windows 10 is for you? Here are my thoughts.
I can’t remember ever seeing Windows for free, so if nothing else, we should take advantage of the opportunity IF there is a benefit.
If you are running windows 7 and are happy with it, there is no reason to upgrade. Regardless of how savvy you are with a computer, there WILL be a learning curve.

For those of you who have Windows 8 or 8.1 and are less than pleased, this is your golden opportunity.

History has told us that when a new version of Windows is released, there will be glitches that are usually taken care of with normal updates. So if you are tempted to upgrade, hold off and let the cavalier be the guinea pigs.

If all goes well the upgrade process should be fairly straight forward. However if you need assistance with this installation, feel free to contact us to setup an appointment.

In conclusion, I have personally tested Windows 10 and I believe that it will be a great replacement for Windows 8. However, my advice is to wait it out for a while. We have 1 year to get this upgrade for free, so what’s the rush?

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