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I know, the title of this blog post is a bit strange. Let me explain. A few days ago I was in BestBuy looking for a new PC for my daughter. Her current laptop (a 3-year old Asus) leaves a lot to be desired. The store did not have the specific Lenovo model I wanted. … Continue reading


  I am sure you have heard of businesses paying money to organized crime thugs to ensure that their businesses don’t get burned down or that no one meets with any untimely physical misfortune. Will you or someone you know end up paying “rent” ($20-$100 a month) to digital mobsters in the near future? You … Continue reading


    Disclaimer: I am currently not in the IT Security field, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have worked in IT since 1990. I am very good at securing individual endpoint devices. I started using computers, the Internet, and email back in 1988. I have never been hacked, never had … Continue reading


Did Santa bring you a new laptop or desktop computer? If so, here are a few tips on how to protect your valuable new computer. SAY CHEESE Crooks steal. It is their job.  Take pictures of each side of your laptop or desktop that clearly shows the make, name, model number and serial number. If … Continue reading


Hang on to this post for the next 12-24 months to see if I am right or wrong. In the very near future, I believe ransomware attacks will increase and will likely be the number 1 type of attack, especially when it comes to the home computer user. The nastiest ransomware virus right now is … Continue reading

Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM). This is year number 11 for NCSAM. Technology has really changed in the last 11 years. We are more connected now than ever. In the past 11 years, the bad guys have gotten much better at compromising computers and stealing personal data. There are some people that … Continue reading

Cloud Hack

By now I am sure you have heard the news story about the 90+ celebrities (Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is mentioned the most) that had nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves show up on the Internet. Supposedly a hacker was able to access their Apple iCloud accounts and steal the photos. Apple says that … Continue reading

The Internet of Everything  – Here Come The hackers

Just because you can does not mean you should, especially if you don’t do it well. What am I talking about? The Internet of Everything (IoE)  – connecting the unconnected. What is the Internet of Everything?  According to the Oxford dictionary, the Internet of Everything is – “A proposed development of the Internet in which … Continue reading


A SECURE WEBSITE, A LOCK, HTTPS – WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Hackers are always thinking of ways to steal your information. We are told to make sure that we are using a secure website whenever personal\private information is being sent. The two main ways to know if a site is secure is if it … Continue reading