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Virus / Spyware – Paper Bird Tek

Home and small business computer and network security

It seems that we are hearing almost daily about security breaches and ransomware attacks. Most of the time these are large corporations and government agencies, so how can we possibly keep ourselves protected when they can’t? To start with, we don’t need to be as secure as these other targets because we don’t have as much to protect. No hacker organization is going to expend massive resources attempting to…

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What you need to know about Crypojacking

Is it me, or are the names for bad things getting weirder? After I had been into computers for a few years we started having to deal with viruses, now we have spyware, malware, ransomware and cryptojacking. I have visions of a Count Dracula sneaking out of his crypt and carjacking me. Crypojacking simply is someone using your computer to crunch numbers which earns them money. This is often…

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Is your phone or tablet infected?

Today there are more smart devices (phones and tablets) than computers out there. It seems for every person who has a desktop or laptop computer, they have at least two smart devices (I’ll just call them devices from here on out). People who write malware and viruses (I’m going to lump everything into malware from here on out) want to get the most people possible with the least amount of…

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Cleaning up after you have been hacked or scammed

I see an increasing number of people who have been scammed either by a pop-up that appears while they are online telling them to call someone for assistance with their infected computer, or that call them on the telephone saying they have received messages from their computer and are calling to help….for a fee. Now what? Once you realize you have been scammed, what do you do? This article…

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What you need to know to protect yourself and your computer

Many people believe that if you install antivirus, only go to the more well known websites, and don’t do things people shouldn’t do online that you are fairly well protected. Those people are wrong. Sure, all of those things will help, but they are not most important way to protect your computer, knowledge is. There are two major ways I see that people get infected with today: through email…

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Are you still paying for antivirus? Well stop it!

There was a time when I would not connect a computer to a network or the internet without a current subscription to a paid antivirus product. Today however none of my computers have a paid antivirus program installed on them. Why is that? Let’s start with the fact that I can not remember the last time I had to remove a virus infection, neither can the other techs I…

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Cryptolocker and other ransomware

Cryptolocker and other ransomware is the single biggest threat to your data today. If you are a business, it is doubly as big a threat. I have seen people lose years of their family photos on their home PC, and multi-location corporations all but shut down. This is nothing to take lightly. So what is ransomware and how does it work? Ransomware is a type of malware (unwanted software…

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Selecting the best security software for your PC

A lot of people today think that security software such as antivirus is not as important as it once was. We reviewed that idea in another post so if you are interested take a look there. If you do decide to run a security package, which one should you choose? In the past, starting with the MacAfee for DOS days, antivirus packages have swapped places as far as detection…

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