The sinking feeling of recognition when you realize that your computer has been infected is as familiar as it is unwelcome. But it’s important to remember that there is no way to avoid viruses and other malware completely. Like a good doctor working with a patient, you can only give your computer the tools to avoid bad health by following good habits and using the right set of products.
1. Anti-virus and anti-malware
The last line of defense against viral annihilation is a good anti-virus program. Anti-virus programs scan downloaded files for viruses and monitor your machine for infection. Paid anti-virus programs are available, but there are also many free options as well. Make sure you know every anti-virus and anti-malware program you have on your computer. Fake anti-virus programs known as rogue programs have become prevalent in recent years. If you don’t recognize a supposed anti-virus program on your computer, it may be a sign of infection.
2. Block those scripts
A large amount of infections come from malicious scripts being run when a user goes to an infected website. These so-called cross-site scripting attacks can be blocked by disabling scripts from running on non-trusted websites. Script blockers are available for most browsers. Firefox users rely on NoScript, while fans of Chrome use NotScripts or ScriptSafe. These script blockers allow users to block suspicious scripts and allow safe ones to run, preventing infection to their machines.
3. Keep up-to-date
Popular products are a huge attraction for people who profit from viruses and other malware. The more people that use a product, the more people they can infect when they exploit the holes in said product. Programs like Java, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player are the most commonly exploited applications. It is absolutely vital to keep them up-to-date. Several free programs like Secunia and File Hippo Update Checker will automatically check for outdated versions of these products. In addition to applications, it is especially important to make sure that you maintain current updates to your operating system. Avoid the temptation to close the window when that annoying Windows update notification pops up.
4. Avoid risky behavior
One of the easiest ways to prevent infection is to avoid risky online behavior. Sites for cracks, warez and keygens are notoriously dangerous. Other sites to avoid are those offering free porn. Torrents are also hazardous to the health of your machine. Once the malware is on your computer, it can be very difficult to remove. However, don’t assume that a trusted site will be completely secure. Reputable sites are sometimes infected. Websites for both “The New York Times” and The London Stock Exchange have served up malware to unsuspecting visitors.
5. Don’t be dumb
In the fight against infection, the greatest enemy is yourself. Phishing schemes are designed to exploit your inattention and ignorance. Phishing attacks have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. It’s best to rely on your instincts. If a doubt about that strange Facebook link is in the back of your mind, don’t click on it. If you can’t remember shipping anything recently, do not open fishy e-mails from UPS. Google is your friend. If you feel doubtful about the origins of an e-mail or instant message, do a quick Google search. Most phishing schemes have been tried on thousands, if not millions, of people before, and the victims talk about them online in great detail. It only takes a second to verify a vague uneasy feeling, while it could take days and a large amount of money to rid your machine of a virus.
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As with any other major overhaul of an extremely popular product such as Windows, Windows 8 comes with its fair share of controversies. Windows 8 has been accused by numerous people for being heavily biased towards touchscreen computers such as tablet devices. For desktop and laptop users, the new interface can take a bit of getting used to. However, while the new interface is by far the most talked about annoyance with Windows 8, there are a number of others too. This article takes a look at some of the most common gripes that people have with Microsoft’s latest operating system.
1 – The Start Menu Has Gone
Replacing the start menu entirely is the new start screen, a full-screen, touch-friendly interface that might look good on tablet computers, but not so much on the traditional desktop or laptop computer. It was possible in some of the earlier pre-release versions to get the start button and menu back through a simple registry tweak. However, the start menu and button was completely removed shortly before the launch of Windows 8, and there is now no way to get it back without using third-party software. There are a number of free third-party programs available to restore this feature, including Start8 and Pokki. An upcoming update for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, will put the start button back, but clicking on it will still only take you to the start screen.
2 – Hidden Shutdown and Restart Functions
Have you just started up Windows 8 for the first time and found yourself wondering how on Earth you are supposed to shut down or restart the computer safely? You are not the only one – in a highly frustrating oversight by Microsoft, they have effectively hidden these two critical functions in the Settings menu of the Charms Bar. Even once you have found it, it is still a longwinded way of switching off or resetting your computer. To overcome this, you can create your own shutdown and restart shortcuts in File Explorer and pin them to the start screen. To do this, create shortcuts with the commands ‘shutdown /s /t 0′ (without quotes) and ‘shutdown /r /t 0′ for shutdown and restart respectively.
3 – Windows Mail Doesn’t Support POP Email Accounts
POP (Post Office Protocol) is a common protocol used by email accounts. However, the built-in Windows Mail app in Windows 8 does not provide support for this protocol. The only way around this is to reconfigure any email accounts which use this protocol to use the IMAP protocol instead. Fortunately, the vast majority of webmail services provide support for both protocols, and you should be able to change between the two in the settings page of your email account.
4 – Longer Login Process
When you lock your computer, you cannot simply enter a password to get back in again. First, you need to slide the screen upwards to reveal the password entry box. Many people find this to be a major annoyance. Fortunately, there is a quick fix available for this. Start the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows key and ‘R,’ entering gpedit.msc and pressing Enter. Navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Tools, Control Panel, Personalization and enable the “Do not display lock screen” feature.
We all know the internet is a dangerous place, full of viruses, malware and hackers. Often overlooked in a small business is one of the most costly issues, social media, and the loss of productivity while your employees are entranced in it. We’ve all been guilty of wasting too much time on the internet, getting sidetracked by one link or another. But when your staff is surfing and socializing on the clock, it is costing your business money.
What is a Proxy Server?
Think of a proxy server as the guardian of your network. All traffic outgoing and incoming flows through this device and it has the ability to allow or block any content you choose. It typically sits between your internet connection (cable modem, dsl, etc.) and your network switch. Proxy Servers perform the following tasks :
- Privacy – When an internal user requests a Web page, the request goes through the proxy server so that it appears to the Internet to be coming from the server – from its IP address (or one of them) – and not the user’s device. This anonymity provides an important measure of security by reducing the amount of information about a network and its users easily accessible to hackers on the Internet.
- Caching – If your users frequently need to access certain pages on the Internet, the server can download and store copies on its hard drive. It will also continuously monitor the page for changes and download them, so the cached page is always up to date. If another user requests the content, the proxy server will send it directly to the user, without ever needing to access the internet. This can dramatically increase internet speeds and decrease bandwidth usage.
- Content Filtering / Blocking – Requests from inside your network to different content can be managed. Different policies can be defined for this purpose so that the access to the data is according to the authority of the user. All users access the Internet from the proxy server, so network administrators can block certain pages and limit the amount of accessible websites. This type of filtering is usually done to limit websites either individually or through categories. For instance, some proxy server software blocks whole categories such as entertainment, pornography or gaming sites.
- Monitoring – Whether for legal compliance or for sales and customer service improvement, sometimes it is necessary for management to monitor employee internet access (emails, instant messaging, website usage). A proxy server will give you this ability. You will be able to watch incoming and outgoing communication on your network, all in one place.
- Malware / Virus Protection – A proxy server protects the network from malware, which is installed on users’ computers when they access an infected website. When the malware is installed on the user’s machine, it can spread to other machines on the network. This is a security risk for the company. Documents can be stolen and passwords can be compromised, giving others unauthorized access to the network. Proxy servers can block and monitor web traffic, so the administrator detects suspicious activity even if the user is unaware of the problem.
From our years of experience servicing business computer systems, the biggest 2 costs employers are worried about are wasted manhours (employees on facebook, youtube, pinterest, craigslist, twitter, etc) and repairing / removing viruses and malware from their computers. As a simplified example, if you consider each employee spends at least an hour each day surfing non-productive content at an average salary of 30k/year. Each employee is wasting 250 hours a year * $15/hr = $3750. Now multiply that by the number of employees you have and the cost to setup a proxy server and yearly antivirus/malware subscription is a no brainer. Imagine how much work would get done if each employee had an extra 200 hours each year to work.
Proxy Servers come in all different sizes with different feature sets. Give us a call today to get a free estimate on setting one up in your business.
The GROWTH model is designed to generate actionable metrics for organizations that use social media. By coming up with specific and repeatable actions or processes, the model provides start-ups and large businesses with the tools they need to develop effective social media strategies. The model has been developed in response to the challenges that many corporate bodies face when trying to design efficient and focused social media campaigns. Without reliable metrics to guide them, they are frequently forced to use guesswork, an exercise akin to a man groping in the dark.
The GROWTH model is split into several steps, each of which analyzes a specific aspect of an organization’s social media framework:
1. (G)et in: This is the point where a new member joins an organization’s virtual community. Of interest to the model is how people locate the company’s social media page. Do they tend to come from a particular website? Are they referrals from other members?
2. (R)aise: In this step, new members confirm their email addresses and complete the process of filling out their profiles. This step is designed to uncover a variety of patterns. For instance, aggregated data may show that an organization tends to attract people from particular occupations, cohorts, geographical locations or cultural backgrounds.
3. (O)perate: This is the point where a freshly-minted member begins reading other members contributions regularly. The definition of ‘regularly’ will probably vary from one organization to another. This step is meant to uncover several trends, such as the kind of topics that newbies tend to prefer.
4. (W)rite: This is the point where new members start sharing their opinions with the rest of the community. The model may bring a number of trends to the surface. For instance, are they always comfortable with what other members discuss, or do they tend to strike out in new paths?
5. (T)ease: This is the stage where new members begin to engage with others actively. The model may reveal several patterns. For example, what do they tend to complain about?
6. (H)ire: This is the point where the now settled-in member refers others to the community. In this stage, the model seeks to find out several things. For instance, what channels do most members use to invite others?
The GROWTH model then aggregates the data captured, making it easy to analyze and tease out patterns that can bring focus and efficiency to corporate social media strategies. Ultimately, this has a positive effect on an organization’s image and bottom line.
Why It Is Important To Have Fresh Quality Content
The main reason most people get online is to find information and to search for content. Whether it is a video, article, product review, product description, or news. As a business you want to draw people into your website and keep them there as long as possible. The longer a visitor spends on your website the more interested they will become, and the more likely they will be to pull out the credit card to make a purchase. In this article we will examine exactly why fresh, quality content is so important. You will also learn some helpful tips for when you are creating content for your website.
The Importance Of Fresh Quality Content
As you learned earlier the longer someone spends on your website the more likely they will be to make a purchase or sign up for an offer. Providing content that is informative, funny, or even controversial can be a great way to build and maintain interest in people visiting your website. It is also good for search engine optimization to have quality content, and to update it regularly. Search engines will crawl your site every so often to make sure your content is being updated. The more you update your website the better it looks to search engines.
Another important thing to remember is people love sharing content that catches their attention. By adding the ability to share your content on popular social media websites you add a viral effect to your content. Plus search engines will reward you when they see your content being shared.
Using Video As Content
There are many strategies that can be used when creating content that will dramatically improve your business online. One of those strategies is using video. Video has become an important part of the internet and can be a great way to get your message across. You can visit sites like Fiverr.com to find someone who can create an interesting and eye-catching video for you. You can find someone to write a script if you are not a good writer. You can find someone to do a professional voice over for you. Finally you can find someone to create an animated video for you. You can also record a video yourself and download a free video editor to add transitions, text, and music to spice it up. Video is guaranteed to catch and hold someone’s attention better than text.
Making Your Content Social
People love sharing stuff online. Whether it is a picture, video, a brand new product, or an interesting article. This is why social media sites have become so popular. On top of that, a person is more likely to take an interest in something that is suggested to them by a friend or family member. That is why it is very important to make it easy for people to share your content. You do this by adding social media buttons on your website. The easier you make it for them to share your content the more likely they will be to share it.
Structuring Your Content For Maximum Effectiveness
There are several key things you can do with your content that will help you draw prospects in and convert them to buyers. First you need to recognize and address a specific need or problem that may be affecting your prospect. You then must assure them you have a clear and simple solution to their problem. You then present them with the solution.
When creating your content it is important to be positive and upbeat in your message. People in general have a negative outlook on life and will be quick to judge your content harshly. Add words and phrases that create an over all positive vibe for your content.
Last but not least it is extremely important to add a call-to-action. This is where you simply instruct the prospect on what to do after viewing your content. You can instruct them to go ahead and make a purchase or fill out a form. You should also try to add a sense of urgency. Inform them they should take action now and not hesitate.
So there you have it. We covered why it is important to have high quality, informative content, and to update it regularly. We also covered some great tips you can use when creating new content. Creating quality content that your visitors will love does not have to be difficult. Simply put yourself in their shoes.
Windows 8 is a completely redesigned version of Microsoft’s popular operating system. The first thing that anyone upgrading to Windows 8 will notice is the new user interface and its vastly improved support for touchscreen input, full-screen interactive apps and mobility in general. While this has made the release of Windows 8 somewhat controversial among traditional desktop and laptop users, the new operating system is particularly well-suited to tablet devices and other touchscreen computers. Although the Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems continue to hold the majority of the market share, Windows 8 is rapidly catching up as a viable and popular alternative.
Most tablet computers running Windows 8 run the Windows RT version of the operating system. This operating system is only available preinstalled on mobile devices which use the ARM processor architecture. Although in many ways, Windows RT is the same as Windows 8, particularly with regards to its appearance, there are some important differences to consider.
The most significant difference between Windows RT and Windows 8 for desktop and laptop computers is that third-party desktop applications are not supported by the former. The only desktop applications which are available for Windows RT are those which are included natively with the operating system. This means that you will not be able to install any software designed for Windows 7 and earlier. Instead, you will only be able to install apps from the Windows Store.
Some Windows tablets, particularly higher-end ones and those which also double up as laptop computers, come with the desktop version of Windows 8 preinstalled. This presents the advantage of being able to use your tablet rather like you use a desktop or laptop computer, since you can install the same software such as programs which were designed for older versions of Windows or the Desktop Mode of Windows 8. Be aware, however, that the 32-bit version of Windows 8 is usually the one found on Windows 8 tablets.
Windows 8 was largely a result of Microsoft’s determination to penetrate the mobile market and compete with other popular mobile operating systems such as Google Android or Apple iOS. Due to the fact that it is relatively new on the scene, however, there are relatively few apps available through the Windows Store when compared to the selection available through the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. However, the list of both free and paid apps is constantly increasing as Windows 8 rapidly catches up. If you want to enjoy complete compatibility with other devices running Windows 8, however, a Windows 8 tablet is a must. This way, you will also be able to synchronize your settings, files and other features between your devices.
Ever clicked on a mailto: link in an email in Outlook on Windows 8 and get taken to the native mail client? Do you want to switch the default email client to outlook?
When you install Outlook on Windows 8, you would think that it would register itself for all of the default formats that it can handle, and one of the most obvious of those would be the default mail client. That said, the Office installer does not do this and the end result is that if you click on a mailto: link in an email, Windows will switch out to the new modern UI and mail application, which is usually never configured if you are using Outlook on the desktop. To get Outlook configured so that it can use itself, we simply have to register Outlook as the primary application for the mailto: protocol. The following steps will take you through the process:
- Open the Default Programs control panel application (you can find it by using Search)
- Click the “Set your default programs” option.
- Select “Outlook (desktop)” from the programs list, then click on “Choose defaults for this program”.
- Scroll down to the Protocols list and turn on the MAILTO protocol.
You don’t need a touchscreen to use Windows 8. Here are ten tips that will make using Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse easier than you ever imagined.
1. The Essential Windows Key
The fastest way to get to the Start screen is to press the Windows key on the keyboard. If you press the Windows key when you are at the Start screen, it will take you to your last-used app or program. Make this your go-to key. You will use it often.
2. Windows 8 Secret Start Menu
Yes, the traditional Start button has been eliminated, but you can bring up a similar menu quite easily. Just put your cursor in the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. A menu with 15 important options will pop up. These options include a link to the Desktop, Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer, Event Viewer, Power Options, and more.
3. Make Tiles Smaller
If you move your cursor to the bottom of the Start screen, a scroll bar will appear with a small square with a dash at the bottom right corner. Click on that square and all the tiles will get smaller so you can see them all on one screen, making it easier to organize your tiles.
4. Cycle through Running Apps
Hold down the Windows key and press Tab. Press Tab again to cycle through the currently running apps. You will be taken to whichever app is highlighted when you release the Windows key.
5. Shortcut to the Desktop
When you are at the Start screen, if you drag the Desktop tile to the first position (upper left) anytime you are on the Start page, you will be able to simply hit the Enter key to get to the traditional desktop.
6. Charms Shortcut
Press Windows + C to bring up the Charms panel with quick access to searching, sharing, and settings functions.
7. Screenshots Made Easy
Press the Windows + Print Screen (Prt Scrn) to take a snapshot of your current screen. The picture will be saved in your Pictures library. Simply hitting Print Screen copies an image of the screen to the Clipboard.
8. Pin Websites
One cool trick is that when using the Internet Explorer app, you can pin favorite Web pages to the Start screen. With the page displayed, just click the pin icon in the app bar, and then click Pin to Start.
9. Searching Made Easy
Just start typing in any app that supports the built-in search and a Search box will appear on the right side of the screen with the app preselected. For instance, in the People App start to type any name in your address book and press enter and the People App will find that person.
10. Navigate the Start Screen
Navigate the Start screen by using the wheel on your mouse. Move it in a downward motion to scroll to the right and an upward motion to scroll to the left. You can also use the arrow keys to navigate the tiles.
Are you in the market for a newer, faster computer, or perhaps thinking about upgrading your current one? Computers should be so advanced these days that anything you do on them should happen almost instantly. The introduction of Solid-State Drives, or SSDs, is the easiest and most effective way to speed up any computer. If you’ve never heard of SSDs before, then continue reading for some of the main benefits that they provide.
The first and most obvious SSD benefit is that they provide a much-needed boost of speed. While Solid State Drives have the same function that regular hard drives do — storing files and other information — the way they go about doing it is much more efficient. While traditional hard drives have relied on spinning discs that use magnetism to store information (in addition to many other moving parts), an SSD simply uses electronic signals to store data. There are no moving parts in an SSD.
The speed increase is impressive. When you install a Solid State Drive in a standard computer, you can expect it to boot up in 10 seconds or less in most cases, as opposed to the 50+ seconds that traditional hard drives require. Opening programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel is almost instantaneous.
Not only are solid state drives faster than traditional hard drives, but they’re more durable as well. As mentioned before, an SSD has no moving parts that could break if it’s dropped or shaken. While a traditional hard drive could be broken beyond repair, including data loss, in those situations. Also, while regular hard drives have a tendency to wear out over the years, an SSD is manufactured in such a way that most consumers can expect consistent performance over time.
If you are still using a conventional hard drive, there has never been a better time to upgrade. Prices for SSDs have finally dropped to under $1 per Gigabyte, making them one of the best hardware upgrades available.
If you’ve been wanting a way to speed up your computer, or to guarantee that your new one is fast, pick up a Solid State Drive. You’ll be glad you did!
|Attribute||SSD(Solid State Drive)||HDD (Hard Disk Drive)|
|Power Draw / Battery Life||Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost||More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery|
|Cost||Expensive, $1.00 per gigabyte (based on buying a 240GB drive)
||Only around $0.075 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)
|Capacity||Typically not larger than 512GB for notebook size drives||Typically 500GB – 2TB for notebook size drives|
|Operating System Boot Time
||Around 22 seconds average bootup time||Around 40 seconds average bootup time|
|Noise||There are no moving parts and as such no sound||Audible clicks and spinning can be heard|
|Vibration||No vibration as there are no moving parts||The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration|
|Heat Produced||Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced||HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw|
|Failure Rate||Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours||Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours|
|File Copy / Write Speed||Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 500 MB/s for cutting edge drives||The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s|
|Encryption||Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models||Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models|
|File Opening Speed||Up to 30% faster than HDD||Slower than SSD|
|Magnetism Affected?||An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism||Magnets can erase data|