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How to protect your information online

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.”  —  Mitch Ratcliffe Every mistake you’ve ever made online will not only be available to your internet service provider (ISP)   —  it will be available to any corporation or foreign government who wants to see those mistakes. Thanks to a decision by Congress, ISPs can sell your entire web  [ Read More ]

Cybersecurity Training for your Kids

Christmas is this Sunday.  Already.  Wasn’t it just January?!  That being said, our kids are more attached to the internet than we think.  I only know this because the first thing out of the kids mouths, anywhere we go is, “Will there be wifi where we’re going?”  And the second we get somewhere is, “What’s the wifi code?”  Seriously.  And parents, you know this is true.  So how are we teaching  [ Read More ]

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Last week we talked about some Email Security Tips.  Another security tip is enabling Two-Factor Authentication to keep your account extra secure. You may not know it, but you probably already use two-factor authentication in the physical world. This explanation of what it is should help convince you why it’s a good idea to use it with mission-critical online services, too. When you use your credit card and you must  [ Read More ]

Email Security Tips

I just passed the CompTIA Security+ exam and let me tell you, it was an eye opening experience!  So many computer and security terms that I cannot possibly remember, but will now know how certain things work and how to implement its uses and practices. Internet Security is something I’m very passionate about.  I love to tinker and install new apps, use new computer programs, and let people know about  [ Read More ]

What is Phishing and How to Avoid It

What is phishing? Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your bank, your credit card, etc). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed website or otherwise get you to divulge private information such as your passphrase, credit card or other information about your account. The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft. One type of phishing attempt is an  [ Read More ]

AZ Computer Techs wants to ensure that all our customers are well informed users.  Therefore, we are going to start posting some computer terms with tips that you might not have heard of and other security terms to apply to everyday use.  An informed user and is an educated user. Our first term is PII or Personally Identifiable Information.  When you hear of data breaches on the news (e.g the  [ Read More ]

Prevent Malware with these 10 Tips

In order to prevent Malware on your computer, start the New Year off right and follow these 10 Tips below.  Most of us have had to deal with a computer virus or some sort of malware by now. It is not fun.  It is annoying, time consuming, and very frustrating. But since my Grandpa doesn’t follow these tips, he continues to be my best client! When our computers start slowing down or  [ Read More ]

Ransomware – What is it?

We recently took care of a computer that was infected with Ransomware.  You’ve probably heard of Malware or Spyware, but have you heard of Ransomware?  Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system. This type of malware forces its victims to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods in order to grant access to their systems, or to get their data back.  [ Read More ]

Don’t tag me in that photo on Facebook!

Have you been tagged in a photo you do not want on Facebook?  Well, the holidays are upon us and with that comes the holiday parties. Someone is bound to have that selfie stick lurking around the corner, waiting to capture that priceless picture that you do not want your Mom or Boss seeing on Facebook. It’s happened to all of us. We’ve all been tagged in an unflattering or  [ Read More ]

DO NOT take that Facebook quiz!

You have seen it on your Facebook newsfeed and you are so tempted to click on it!  You think, “all my friends are doing it, so I think I should, too!”  But before you click on that link and take that quiz, you might want to twink twice.  And if you’ve already taken it (like someone else I know), keep reading to learn about what you should do. The quiz  [ Read More ]

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Email Security Tips

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What is Phishing and

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