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Are you properly protecting your Website from hackers?

Are you properly protecting your Website from hackers?

Why ignorance is not bliss when it comes to Website safety, security and liability.

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

You hear it all the time. “XYZ Company’s Website has been hacked.” “Big data breach.” “Customer credit cards and social security numbers exposed.” It’s not going to get any better.

But this article isn’t about a big company with big data. Smaller Websites are vulnerable too, and site owners are at risk. Why?

Read on to learn all about it.

What Is "The Cloud?"

What Is "The Cloud?"

A realistic look at Cloud Computing. Hint: it's not in the sky.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

Unless you're totally oblivious to technology, you've no doubt heard of "cloud" this or that when talking about computers or Websites. And the cloud is depicted by a nice fluffy thing that looks soft and cuddly. What are we talking about? This article can help make sense of the cloudy Internet forcasat.

How to Spot Phishing Emails that Get Thru Spam Filters.

How to Spot Phishing Emails that Get Thru Spam Filters.

Bogus scam emails can be easy to spot if you know what to look for.

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in General, Technical Support

It seems the onslaught of bogus emails that are trying to scam you never stops.  And they're getting more sophisticated so they look like the real thing.  This post details how to spot and stop them in their tracks.

Avoiding Ransomware

Avoiding Ransomware

...and other Internet maladies

Written by David Puffenberger
Posted in Technical Support

A friend asked if there's a way to protect against malware like Ransomware - where the attackers encrypt your disk and charge you a king's ransom to unlock it. If you get it and you're not prepared, you just have to pay the ransom, or lose everything, reformat your your computer and start over.

While there is no 100% sure defense that we can guarantee you won't get infected, there are several safeguard precautions a computer owner can take to protect against ransomware and other threats.

UPDATE: With the proliferation of WannaCry, we've updated the article...

Computers are Not Toasters

Computers are Not Toasters

Why upgrades are a necessity, not a luxury.

Written by Steve Puffenberger
Posted in General, Technical Support

Computers are not toasters. Toasters are so simple.   Just plug it in, drop in bread, slide the handle down, wait a few minutes, and you have toast!  In fact, we still have the toaster I remember using 50 years ago, when I was growing up… and it works!  Of course, toasters have one thing going for them: the shape of bread has been virtually unchanged since the invention of … the toaster.

The same can't be said of computers. Find out why...

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