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Western Computer And Internet Security Under Attack From China

Computer and Internet security is becoming more important than ever. This came into focus in February 2013 when Mandiant, a company based in the United States, released a report about attacks on computers and networks it had uncovered that were perpetrated by people in China. Mandiant traced many of these attacks to a specific building in China. Mandiant could confirm that this building was being used by a unit of the People’s Liberation Army, which helped the company to conclude that the Chinese government most likely knew about these attacks … Continue reading

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Many Options For Hard Drive Backup And Recovery

Hard drive backup and recovery is something you should be concerned about, especially if you have any information on your computer or network that would be costly or even impossible to replace, such as personal photos or documents. Many options are available and each have their pros and cons. Ultimately, you’ll need to decide what to use based on how much information you have to back up, how critical it is, how much you have in your budget (which can even be nothing), and what is the most likely reason … Continue reading

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Virus And Spyware Removal Becoming More Difficult

A recent report by McAfee showed that malware is growing in volume and sophistication. This means that having the correct virus and spyware removal tools are becoming more critical because protecting your computer is becoming more difficult. This information was released by security provider McAfee on Thursday, February 21, in its Threats Report for the fourth quarter of 2012. It showed that the number of new malware in the fourth quarter (October through December) of 2012 had nearly tripled from the first quarter (January through March) of 2010. Malware is … Continue reading

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Turn A Windows PC Into A Mini Home Wireless Network

A home wireless network doesn’t need to be complicated to set up. In fact, if you just want something simple and easy and aren’t concerned with having a high level of security or more than a few devices connected to the network, you can turn a Windows PC into a WiFi hotspot by using one of a few choices of free software. To set this up, the basics are pretty much the same for all three software programs: just download the program, follow the instructions, and hit “Start.” You do … Continue reading

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Try Simple Fixes Before Getting Computer Tech Support

Have you recently gotten the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death?” You may not need to get computer tech support. Try some simple fixes first before looking for professional help. Even if they don’t fix the problem, you can gain some valuable information that will help speed up the process of fixing your computer when you do get computer tech support. When you do get the blue screen, write down the error message that tells you what the problem is. These messages can be cryptic and confusing, but it may prove … Continue reading

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Demand For Email Support To Increase After Announcement

The need for email support will be on the rise after it was announced on Wednesday, February 20, that Microsoft was going to combine Hotmail with Outlook, which was introduced last year. This will affect some 300 million users of Hotmail, who will be required to switch to Outlook by the of summer 2013. The good news is that Hotmail customers will be able to keep their same email address. This is especially important for businesses that have been marketing with their Hotmail address. The biggest difference will be in the … Continue reading

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Email Support Needed For The Foreseeable Future

It has been speculated that services such as email support won’t be needed for much longer due to an anticipated decline in the use of email. This is based on the perception that email is being hurt by the rise of social media, text messaging and even instant messaging. Not so fast. The Mesmo Consultancy, a company that teaches other companies about email best practices, did a study on email usage as well as social media and instant messaging over the second half of 2012 and found some surprising results. … Continue reading

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Google No Longer Providing Browser Support For IE8

On November 15, 2012, Google pulled its browser support for Internet Explorer 8. This means that users of this browser have received messages telling them to update their browser when they attempt to access Google Apps services ever since the switch. Google announced the change in September. This was in response to Microsoft announcing that Internet Explorer 10 would be coming out in October. Apparently, Google is unwilling to provide browser support for more than two versions of a browser. Its own Google Chrome automatically updates itself to the latest … Continue reading

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Be Wary Of Unsolicited Microsoft Windows Support Calls

Have you or someone you know received a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft Windows support? Don’t take it seriously. In this age of modern technology, scammers are finding increasingly creative ways to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. These scammers love to prey on the fears of people who don’t have the technical expertise to protect themselves. In this latest scam, the perpetrator calls someone and claims to be from Microsoft Windows Support. He tells the unsuspecting person that her computer has been infected with some malicious software … Continue reading

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Why You May Need To Speed-Up And Optimize Your Computer

It may seem like such a short time since you got your new computer and now you find that you need to speed-up and optimize your computer already. It was so wonderful when you get your new computer. It ran so fast it and it never seemed to have any problems opening a program or a file. So, what happened? Just like a car, your computer needs regular maintenance to keep it operating at peak efficiency. Many things collect on a computer in its normal daily operation, especially one used … Continue reading

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