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Some security tips

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Security is such a major issue these days, with all the spyware and malware lurking on the Internet; not to mention the nastiest viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits,  etc.

There are so many threats for our digital security. What can one do to protect themselves?

Well, there are a some things we can do as users:

  • First and foremost, develop safe browsing practices. Which means,  be mindful what websites you visit, what links you click on, what files you are downloading, and so on.
  • Next, no matter what kind of computer you have, turn on Automatic Updates for your OS ( operating system),Windows, Mac, Linux,  iOS and Android, regardless of brand or device. Android devices can get free antivirus on their smartphones and tablets from the Android Store, now called Google Play Store. Popular ones are AVG and Lookout Mobile Security.
  • Make sure you have antivirus software installed on your device and keep it up to date. Some free resources: AVG FREE , SuperAntySpyware, etc more can be found at Filehippo.com .
  • Do not open attachments in emails that have been forwarded by more than 1 or 2 people, and even then, be wary; make sure the message comes from someone you know.
  • Do not share your password with anyone, unless you know for a fact who they are.
  • Speaking of passwords, try to make them as complicated as you can, so that the bad guys have a very hard time guessing them.

These are a few of the things that come to mind when talking about security on our devices.

Use common sense, stay updated, and don’t click YES on something you don’t know what it means. Google it first or ask someone who knows.

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Phishing emails

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Hi everyone,

A quick update on a new phishing email.

It is an email that comes seemingly from the IRS, the address looks something similar to no-replyczuf @ irs . gov (without the spaces) and it says that your tax return is not complete  or something to that effect.

 

Please do not download the file attached  but forward the email as it is  to phishing@irs.gov.

 

Be aware of all the online criminal activities, and use common sense when browsing the internet.

 

Very important: Keep your security software up to date, and back-up all your data.

 

More information about how to report phishing emails to the IRS  can be found  at :   IRS.gov phishing .

 

Thank you.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to MikeGala.com.

I have been thinking for a while now about starting a blog, talking about the many issues encountered while fixing computers for my customers, or dealing with the website design issues and server side of some of the websites I have been working on.

So with this blog, the idea is to share my knowledge and experience in the field with other users who might find this useful.

Ask your questions then, post your comments, or share your own experiences.

Someone once said knowledge is power; let us share the knowledge then so we all have access to that power.

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