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Why you NEED an Anti-Malware Program

You need an anti-malware program to protect the one thing malware is trying to get from your computer … your money.

Simple Malware infections allow more severe infections to attack your computer.

A system that is running slower than usual is symptomatic of Malware infection.

Malware is easy to get if you are connected to the Internet and using a standard Internet browser. Websites that offer perks, often contain backend PUPs ( Potentially Unwanted Programs). These programs slow your computer down and create a possibility of clicking on something you do not want in an effort to get the computer to do what you do want. What can happen then is you will accumulate other forms of Malware such as Adware and Spyware.

Adware is the vehicle for you receiving pop-ups and ads for things for have already searched for on the Internet. Have you ever wondered why you see certain ads on the sidebar of your Yahoo page? Adware is helping that. Spyware does that to a higher level. It actually feeds the originator of the Spyware with information about your browsing history by spying on your surfing. These two Malware types slow down your system too.

I have found that a computer that is routinely cleaned with a program like Malwarebytes, does not get the more extreme and harmful Malware (trojans, bots and worms). The cleaner your browsing history and temporary files are, the safer your Internet surfing will be.


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It’s World Password Day

Take the World Password Day quiz.

Have fun listening to Betty White Talk about the MFA (Multi Factor Authentication)

For that Password Manager mentioned:
RoboForm: Learn more...

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New Product Offering for Security

This new product (new to me) sounds like just the thing to keep your browsing to yourself, protected and secure, wherever you are.

This type of product is a personal VPN, Virtual Private Network. You are in your own network and not exposed to public WiFi hackers or network thieves. This product, Hotspot Shield(R), is being called “The World’s Most Trusted Privacy Solution“. You can read all about it here. Make the right choice for your browsing. Whether you are on your phone or in front of your PC or MAC, knowing you are behind a secure protective shield is comforting.

This is a product whose time is now! Check it out.

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Resolution for 2016

How about a resolution for 2016 to change your passwords?

resolution for 2016 Change your passwordsMake a resolution for 2016 -a different password for email than you do for your bank or your blog. I know it is not January, but it is never too late. And a new stronger password for the one application that is easily hacked in public WIFI locations such as coffee houses, airports, and soon city streets.

Use a new scheme for the passwords this time. Instead of simply using the dog’s name and some numbers, try this:

Write out a phrase

Change up the letters in the phrase to ones that look like letters but are not.

Add uppercase letters randomly

Squish it together

Write it backwards

Lets see how that looks in real life:

  1. My phrase: Silly words make me laugh
  2. 5illy wo4ds ma8e m3 l8ugh
  3. 5iLLy wo4ds Ma8E M3 l8UgH
  4. 5iLLywo4dsMa8EM3l8UgH
  5. HgU8l3ME8aMsd4owyLLi5

Final result is a password nobody will guess and won’t be machine guessed either.

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The New Credit Cards

EMV Credit CardsThe New EMV Credit Cards

What questions do you have about the cards?

This article answers many of them.

The EMV Chip Credit Cards

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Travel With Internet

With the Holidays, comes travel with the Internet.

You most likely take your laptop or tablet with you while you travel to the near and far relatives homes. This may include public transportation such as airplanes, trains and perhaps buses. Today many of these are offering free and paid Internet access. There are a few things to be warned about with regard to your computer safety while traveling.

If you pay for Internet or it is free, the privacy of the connection is not PRIVATE. Your computer becomes part of a very large network of computers – everyone using that service is a part of that network. IF your computer or device is set to “share” files and folders, your new “neighbors” do have access to those files.

As you connect to the various networks that become available to you, when the question arises, “Do you want to share files with others on this Network?”, your answer should ALWAYS be NO. Sharing opens up your files and system to those you know and those you do not. If you are connected at your close cousin’s house and you answer yes, not only can the members of that household see your files, but anyone that has access to that network does also.

You may say at this point, it is only family here. BUT, are you sure about the security that your cousin has on this network? How simple was the password you used to access the network? Do you know EVERYONE that comes online while you are connected?

Know that hotels, airports, coffee houses, trains offer free public WiFi and that means anyone near this connection can pick up your data if they wanted to.

Travel with your own HOtspot, KarmaSMARTPHONE OR KARMAGOWIFI

You can buy your own HOTSPOT. This provides Internet without the public. Many Smartphone providers offer hotsopt services. I just heard about one that is not connected to a phone. It’s name is Karma Go Wifi and you can purchase the device, then fill it with Internet Hotspot time that does not expire with your month end. When the data time is used, you buy more. This connection is PRIVATE. You make it as secure as you want.  That is the way to go Traveling with Internet.

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Email Password – Time to Change It

It is time to change your Email password. Why? you ask.

Email is the easiest avenue for a hacker to access your bank or other online accounts. You use your email to log into those accounts and inside the accounts are emails that ask for password rests, temporary passwords and login information to other sites.

If you use your laptop at an airport and use the airport’s free WiFi, you are connected to every other person inside the airport waiting area. Any one of those users can hack into your computer and snag your passwords and then login as you on their own machine and access your accounts.

Want to prevent harm to your accounts?

  • Change your passwords immediately after using your laptop in a public place.
  • Use a personal hotspot instead of the public WiFi
  • Do not use your laptop in public networks
  • For now…check your email from your Smartphone
  • Use a long complicated password

Examples of long complicated passwords



Start with a phrase:

I want a cryptic password

Change it to cryptic symbols and letters


A simple use of using a cryptic password


Change your Email Password today!



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I Keep Getting Update Notifications, Why?

I Keep Getting Update Notifications, Why?

Hackers, those that would love to get in and take your site over, change your life for the worse, and infect your email contacts and website visitors, do so when the updates are not completed.

Computers are great for communication. They are open doors too. If you keep your updates current, your website, your computer, and your Anti-Malware, Anti-Virus programs, you will go a long way to keeping things that way.

What people say to me about updates:

1. I am afraid to do updates because some things won’t work afterwards.

This is a legitimate concern, but not a safe action. If things don’t work the same afterwards, those things might need an update too. I recommend you update the programs and drivers in a computer, AND update the plugins and extensions for a website before the system is updated. Don’t update WordPress before updating the plug-ins. Don’t update to Windows 10 until you have done the drivers and other software updates first.

2. I don’t understand what it is going to do to my computer.

Another legitimate concern. Computers are complicated in their components and systems. Ask a local (to you) tech to do the updates. Many of them will set up a monthly maintenance service with you. Many updates can be done remotely. If you chose this option, make sure you are connecting with a personally recommended technician.

3. I don’t recognize some of the updates and am not sure I should do them.

This is BIG. In this day and age of computers, it is vital that you FIRST have the computer scanned for Malware and make sure it is free of unintentional programs. Why? Because some malware is designed to look like the real updates, while it is really providing a backdoor into your system for a much more serious Malware Hack. Most technicians will scan for Malware. I recommend using Malwarebytes. It is free and it is efficient.

What I say about updates:

1. Scan first for Malware

2. Update drivers, and software before a SYSTEM (Operating Software) upgrade.

3. Keep up on Windows Updates. Let Windows manage those.

4. ALWAYS UPDATE these programs:

  1. Adobe products
  2. Anti-virus, Anti-malware products
  3. Microsoft products
  4. Windows program
  5. Remote Control software such as Logmein, Teamviewer, PC Anywhere
  6. Internet Browsing Software

If you don’t know, ASK. If your friends have a tech they like, call that person. NEVER ACCEPT help from a COLD CALL company for computer service, especially if the caller says:

“We want to inform you that your computer is infected and you are infecting other computers.”

Hang up from that call and use it as a reminder to have your system checked. If you do not know how to do it, call someone you know and trust.

Use a quality anti Malware product:


Trend Micro Internet Security

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Keep Your Passwords Safe

Keep you passwoKeepass Iconrds safe and available to use.  Don’t keep resetting passwords for websites you do not access everyday. Don’t use a single password habit to avoid having to memorize them. Use Keepass Free

I use this for my online passwords.

Here is what is being said about the product:

Editor’s ReviewRead User Reviews

KeePass is a portable password manager for PC (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), with ports available for Android, iPhone, iPad, and more. Let’s face it, most of us use the same password over and over to avoid password management but this practice is highly risky. It means if someone gains or cracks your password, they could log into any of your accounts, stealing data and jeopardizing your security. Having a separate, lengthy, and random password for every site is considered the best way to secure data. KeePass keeps every username and password pair in an encrypted database, protected by a single master password or key (the only one you have to remember). And it doesn’t store your database in the cloud unless you upload it there.

KeePass at a Glance

You can easily download KeePass for Windows and you can port it on a USB stick for most other operating systems. The interface is as busy as it is robust. For example, KeePass supports password groups for sorting passwords. You can drag and drop passwords into most windows or use a hot key to type your login information into windows automatically. You can also quick copy user names and passwords to the clipboard with a double-click on a field in the password list. And KeePass can import data from a variety of formats like CSV, while the password list can be exported to formats such as TXT, HTML, XML, and CSV.

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of KeePass’s features:

  • Strong security—KeePass uses AES encryption to encrypt its password databases, SHA-256 password hash, protection against dictionary and guessing attacks, in-memory protection, and more.
  • Portable—KeePass is portable, carry it on a USB stick and run it or directly install it on Windows if you prefer desktop access.
  • Easy Database Transfer—A password database, consisting of a single file, is easy to transfer between computers.
  • Multiple user keys—Use a master password to decrypt the complete database or carry a key file with you.
  • Powerful password generator—KeePass generates passwords based on character sets and patterns, with many options.
  • Extensible—KeePass provides plugin architecture for advanced features and supports over 40 languages.



KeePass has a powerful password generator and is available with multi-factor authentication, and it can handle non-standard login sequences. Plugins provide advanced features. KeePass takes a while to warm up to, with its feature-filled interface that might confuse some beginners, but a help center is available to assist you as you find your way around.

I wish it had a mobile component that allowed me to access it from my Smartphone. That being said, it is VERY important that you do not lose your Master password as it is unrecoverable. You would not be able to access or recover the database if you lose that password. The list can be exported, so , it can be saved offline. I have not mastered it yet, but I will!

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I love Snopes (dot) com

snopeslogoI love Snopes (dot) Com for the ability to weed out the scary into the factual.

Have you ever gotten an email from a relative of friend telling you you MUST do something OR you can do something to prevent some other dire happening? is a place where you can check out the “rumor” and see if it is a reality or a false belief.

For example: in April of 2015 via Twitter someone started this: Costco will start selling Marijuana in bulk. Clicking this link will reveal the reality.

OR this one:

Did you know about the reverse ATM pin entry notifying the police? Good if you did not, it is not true!

When you get an email from a friend or a stranger, check out the validity of the story at Snopes.

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