Cloud Storage Options

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With our busy lives and everything mobile it’s difficult not to need some type of cloud for your data. It does not really matter whether it is photos or documents, cloud backup could not only save you from a disaster, but allow you to access those files from anywhere.

It does not matter whether you’re using windows/IOS/Android/etc… we all need mobility as well as security. There are a lot of free and paid cloud storage options for everyone. Remember you do not have to use just one either, you can use as many as you need. They all offer some different features as well as usability, so you could try them all to see what best fits you.

Here are some of the popular options:(In no particular order)

Microsoft OneDrive – 15GB* of free storage and paid storage options

Access your photos and files from almost anywhere, store them, and share them.

 

Google Drive – 15GB* of free storage and paid storage options

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.

 

Dropbox – 2GB* of free storage and paid storage options

Store, synchronize and share files online with public access.

 

Box – 10GB* of free storage and paid storage options

Box offers secure content management and collaboration for individuals, teams and businesses, enabling secure file sharing and access to your files online.

 

*Free storage amounts will change, this is correct as of writing this post.

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Welcome,

2015 marks our 15th year, in order to keep our site current we have a new updated look. We hope you enjoy the new site, it of course is mobile friendly while you are on the go. Please check out our social media pages on the top of the page.

We strive to make your life with a computer, just a little easier.

Wishing you the best for the future!

Update Tuesday

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6-9-15 Marks the second Tuesday of the month and that means windows updates are rolling out. If you do not have auto-update enabled, make sure you update your pc.

Amazon Phishing Email

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There is a new phishing email circulating today that appears to be from Amazon letting you know your order has been confirmed. This is another phishing email. Please do not open it or click on any links. Permanently deleted immediately . IF you did order something from Amazon, login to your account to check the status.

Windows 10

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Windows 10 is on the horizon, Microsoft has announced that there will be 7 different shades(versions) of it’s newest operating system.

What we know so far:

What is it? A complete update for Windows
When is it out? Definitely summer, but likely late July 2015
What will it cost? For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, it will be free for one year

How to deal with a lost or stolen phone.

news_techUnless you regularly sync and back up the data stored in your phone or tablet, you’ll lose it when you lose your device.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Tracking, locking, and wiping – many anti-theft apps have a way to remotely turn on the LED flash, play an alert sound, and enable the gyroscope sensors, history maps, and remote wipe features.
    • Android – Try to track your device with the Android Device Manager. This app helps you to locate your device, reset your device PIN code, and erase all data on the phone.
    • iPhoneFind My iPhone app can help you locate your phone and track it online or by using another device. You can also lock your device remotely to prevent anyone from using your device, as well as wipe your data and restore it to factory defaults.
  • Change your passwords – If you can’t recover the device or have the means to track it, lock it, or wipe it remotely, you can at least make sure that your data is secure by changing your passwords right away. List down the apps and online accounts that you allowed your device to access and reset your passwords for all of them to prevent anyone from getting into your accounts through your lost device. This also protects your contacts from possible scams done using your credentials. Remember to use unique and complex passwords, and something that is completely different from your previous ones.
  • Inform your carrier – call your service carrier immediately to allow them to block calls and transactions being made using your line.
  • File a report – while recovering your device on your own might work, it’s important to document the theft that occurred. Your local authorities could assist you in obtaining a reference number for your insurance (if you’re covered) to help you claim on your loss.

7 Important Email Security Tips You Should Know About

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1. Use Separate Email Accounts
If you’re like most people, your email account is probably the centralized hub of your personal activity. All of your Facebook notifications, website registrations, newsletters, messages, etc. get sent to your email box, right? That means you’re putting all of your eggs in one basket – if that basket happens to fall, you’ll lose all your eggs with it.

2. Create A Unique Password
Going along with the multiple account idea, you should also have an entirely unique password for each of your email accounts. Even if you decide to keep one “master” email account, make sure that its password is 100% unique.

3. Beware Of Phishing Scams
When dealing with a particular company or product that requires account information, have you ever seen the following message: “Never give away your personal information. We will never ask you for your password.” When someone sends you an email asking you for your personal information, you know right away that it’s a trick.
But there’s another level to this scam and it’s called “phishing.” Basically, malicious users will imitate and impersonate high-profile websites (e.g., eBay, Amazon, Facebook, etc.) and say that they’re experiencing trouble with your account; all you have to do to fix it is to send them your username and password to verify your authenticity. Sometimes they’ll even link you to a false website that looks exactly like the real thing.

4. Never Click Links In Emails
Whenever you see a link in an email, 99% of the time you should not click on it. The only exceptions are when you’re expecting a particular email, such as a forum registration link or game account activation email. Things like that.

5. Do Not Open Unsolicited Attachments
Attachments are a tricky thing when it comes to email. If you’re expecting something from a buddy or an uncle, then sure, go ahead and open the attachment. Have a laugh at the funny photo they sent you. It’s all good when you know the person sending the attachment.
6. Scan For Viruses & Malware
If you open an email and it seems suspicious in any way, go ahead and run a malware and virus scanner. Not every spam email will infect you with a virus and it may seem like overkill to run a malware scanner every time you open a fishy email, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The one time that you decide to let it go could be the time your computer loads a keylogger.

7. Avoid Public Wi-Fi
Avoid checking your email when you’re on public Internet. Unfortunately, public Wi-Fi can be extremely insecure.

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