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There are so many people falling victim to scams recently. The key to spotting and avoiding scams is knowing what to look for. When the phone rings and you hear an operator saying they are from Talk Talk, Microsoft, or any other place of business, stop and ask yourself why they are calling you. The computer scammers start out their conversation in the same way. They want to speed up your computer or internet. Speed is the clue. They tell you they are calling about your Windows computer. How do they know you have a computer? Secondly there is no such thing as a Windows computer. Windows is a Microsoft product designed for computers, but, Windows does not have a branded computer. Also, Micr

Basic Computer Terms

Here are some computer terms that may help Hardware - The physical parts of a computer - CPU Central processing unit; the brain of the computer; controls the other elements of the computer Disk Drive A peripheral device that reads and/or writes information on a disk Hard Drive A device (usually within the computer case) that reads and writes information, including the operating system, program files, and data files Keyboard A peripheral used to input data by pressing keys Modem A peripheral device used to connect one computer to another over a phone line Monitor A device used to display information visually Mouse A peripheral device used to point to items on a monitor NIC Network interface c

Keep your online passwords safe

These days it seems like you need a password for everything you do. Passwords are made to protect us from prying eyes in our personal data, etc. With this being said, why should we make them simple to guess? The most common passwords to guess are Admin, Admin1, and Password, Password1. Another thing that a lot of people do is use their name with their birthday such as Gene1972, or even worse they use their address 8Williowdr. Another common mistake is to use anything with QWERTY in it for your password. For a savvy hacker, these are easy to get past and in minutes your identity can be stolen and your bank accounts bled dry. So, what is the solution? When making a password, try not to use rea

The importance of backing up your computer

If you are like most of us, you procrastinate. Whether it be buying a birthday card, a Christmas gift or even backing up your computer, you always wait till the last minute and then, something happens. It is inevitable that something will happen when we procrastinate on the PC backup and in the back of our minds, we know this. So, why do we do it? I wish I knew. I would be lying if I told you I have never been caught out. I have. Lesson learned. When your hard drive fails, the chance you will get your files back is marginal. When I say files, I mean anything from important documents, pictures you treasure, videos, music collections, etc. So, where do we go from here? There are many ways to b

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