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Computer Tips

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  • Those pesky viruses and malware intrusions on your computer can interrupt your day in a huge way. Here's a tip that can sometimes save the day. When you first see this intrusions, immediately shut down your computer for about an hour. This practice sometimes keeps the virus from attaching to your computer, especially if it is coming from the Internet. Make sure that you have a good virus and malware protections installed on your computer and that it is up-to-date. When you log back onto your computer run your virus and malware protection software before doing anything else. I use Norton and Malwarebytes. You can get the free version of Malwarebytes from

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/

    If you have Xfinity  as your Internet Provider, Norton is included with your service and you can download the software from the Xfinity website. Always protect your computer. If you purchase a new computer, the first thing you should do is install the virus and malware protection

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  • Have you ever received the Microsoft Security Alert in your inbox? I received this alert in my gmail account. As an IT professional, I quickly sensed something was not right. Whether you are new to computers or just a user, here are a few tips that can save you the stress of having your email exploited by a thief.

    This particular email is not from Microsoft. It is a "phishing" email designed to steal your personal information from your email account. If you should receive this email, DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS INSIDE. Mark the email as spam and delete from your email.

    This is one of many email scams that have been floating around for years. At first glance they all look official. There are a few things to look out for when you encounter a spam email in your account:

    1. Personal Information is being requested. There are no legitimate companies that will ask for your username, password or any other personal information in an email.

    2. Pay close attention to logo and other branding information. It is usually not consistent with the branding from a legitimate company.

    3. There is usually poor grammar and usage of capitalization.

    4. There is usually urgency to respond to the email. They will either ask for money or state that something will not work if you do not respond immediately.

    5. Make sure you have a good virus programs. Some virus programs, such as Norton, will give you a warning in the event the link is clicked on.

    6. Research the legitimacy on the Internet, you are probably not the first person to receive the email. Many will let you know their experiences and confirm whether or not the email is spam or not. There are many websites that are dedicated to letting the public know what's real and what is not.

    Safety while on the Internet is important. Stay tune for more tips.

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