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Happy computer checklist
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Happy computer checklist

 

Keeping your computer healthy and happy is just as important as bringing your car for a regular oil change.

 

Signs that your computer needs maintenance:

 

  • Slow start up
  • Takes a long time for web pages to load
  • Computer lag

 

These are also signs that your computer has been infected with a virus or malware. You should be maintaining your computer on a monthly basis.

 

Follow the steps below to keep your computer running like new. This will also help you eliminate computer issues if you are actually being hacked.

 

  1. Back up your data.
  2. Clean up your hard drive.
  3. Update Windows.
  4. Delete and organize your files.
  5. Uninstall old and unused programs.
  6. Update your anti-virus and malware programs and then perform a scan.
  7. Keep your cords neat and organized, and keep your computer dust free.

 

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Cybersecurity myths busted
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Cybersecurity myths busted


Myth: Viruses and other malicious software can only affect my computer or laptop.

Reality: It can also affect your smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices.

 

Myth: The information on my social networks is safe from hackers.

Reality: Several well-known social networks have been hacked. They are prime targets for scammers, with attacks involving fake gift cards, celebrity endorsement ads and survey scams.

 

Myth: The free antivirus that comes with my computer is good enough to protect my information.

Reality: Ransomware is becoming more popular. This is when cybercriminals lock you out of your account for a sum of money. This type of malware requires higher protection than a basic, free antivirus can provide.


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Online credit card fraud
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Online credit card fraud

 

When online shopping, we often think we are safe if we avoid ‘dodgy’ websites. The truth is we are not. Even reputable businesses, such as Target, can become compromised.

 

If your credit card has been hacked, here are some of the steps you should take:

 

  • First, don’t panic. It won’t help the situation and you will just feel worse.
  • Find out who to talk to. First, talk to your bank and let them know your credit card has been compromised.
  • Figure out how your credit card details have been taken. Perhaps your card was cloned in a shop, but it could also be a keylogger. Restart your computer and go into safe mode by tapping F8. Scan and update your security. Once you’ve restored an older image of your system, you should do another virus check.
  • Change your passwords after the software updates and scans are finished. You should also change the password on your router and Wi-Fi in case that’s how the hackers got access. Make sure to create a long and strong password.
  • Check your email settings. Perhaps you fell victim of a phishing scam. Make sure to check your sent items folder as well to ensure there isn’t any unusual activities.

 

Follow the tips that we shared in last week’s post to keep your credit card protected.

 

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Get to know your bank account
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Get to know your bank account


Bank accounts are attractive to thieves and are now being hacked on a daily basis. One of the best ways to avoid being hacked is to become familiar with your bank account. 


Small, unexplained payments


Hackers don’t want to alert you or the bank of any unusual activities, which is why they start off small, sometimes for just a few dollars. The fraudster then starts making larger transaction and might even empty your account. Finally, they may close your account altogether. This would most likely happen to a savings account, one that you don’t use for day-to-day transactions.


Here are a few simple tricks to keep you safe:

 

  • Keep an eye on your banking activities. The more familiar you are with you debit and credit cards transactions, the easier it will be to spot a transaction you haven’t made. If you do notice an unusual payment, alert your bank immediately.
  • Keep your debit card secure. This doesn’t just mean keeping it safely in your wallet, but also protecting it from being scanned by a fraudster with a RFID sleeve or wallet.
  • Set up a SMS alerts. Anytime you do any banking, you receive a notification that a transaction has been made.
  • Avoid doing online banking using public Wi-Fi. Always do your online banking at home with a secure internet connection.
  • Don’t click on any links in an email message claiming to be from your bank. Chances are it is a phishing scam.
  • Use a strong password and two-factor authentication when doing online banking. Always type in your password instead of using the auto-save.
  • Always keep your computer up-to- date.


If you don’t know what’s going on with your bank account, you face a higher risk of becoming a victim of banking fraud. By familiarizing yourself with it on a regular basis and taking a few precautionary steps, you can avoid become a fraud victim.


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Radio-Frequency Identification
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Radio-Frequency Identification

Radio-Frequency identification (RFID) is a short-distance electro-magnetic method for transmitting small bits of data. This helps you verify your identity or even make a purchase without swiping your card (‘tap’ option).

The downside is that anyone with an RFID reader can activate those chips and pick up the information, also known as RFID skimming.
The good news is that it is very easy to protect yourself against this type of fraud:

  • Purchase an RFID sleeve or wallet.
  • Purchase an RFID passport sleeve.
  • Contact your bank to have the tap feature disabled from your cards.

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Fun Facts about the Internet
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Fun Facts about the Internet

  • The term ‘surfing’ the Internet was introduced by a librarian in 1992 when she published an article called “Surfing the Internet.”
  • 16% to 20% of daily Google searches have never been Googled before.
  • 500 million tweets are sent every day.
  • The Internet is 10,749 days old. Check out this website dedicated to keeping you up-to-date.
  • More than one million babies have been born from people who met on Match.com. The online dating industry also generates approximately $1 billion every year.  Although many people have had success using online dating, watch out for romance scams!
  • 30,000 websites are hacked every day.
  • Think Facebook is popular? Did you know that almost half of the world’s population are internet users and nearly half of them are using Facebook.
  • Every minute, 72 hours of YouTube video content is being uploaded.

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Yes, webcams can spy on you.
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Yes, webcams can spy on you.

 

Someone could be watching you through your webcam, without you even realizing it. Unsecured cameras on your computer could provide a malicious hacker with a direct window into your life. Once they have watched you long enough, they will try their luck by blackmailing you with something they’ve seen.

 

It happened to a Toronto woman in 2015, where according to police, a hacker sent the woman intimate photos of herself and her boyfriend while they were watching Netflix on her laptop. The photos were taken via her laptop’s webcam. The hacker then sent the photos to the woman through Facebook.

 

How can you tell if your camera has been compromised?

  

The biggest indicator that a webcam is being used without your consent is the little LED light next to the camera lens is on when you’re not using it. However, a hacker can easily disable the signal to prevent the light from coming on.

  

What can you do to protect yourself?

 

The first thing you should do is unplug your webcam or put something over your camera, like a piece of tape. This will stop the perpetrators from being able to spy on you.

 

You should then uninstall your webcam drivers and run a complete scan of all your drivers using reputable anti-virus and anti-malware software.

 

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Did you know?
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Did you know?

The world’s first webcam was created to check on a coffee pot. Invented by computer scientists at the Cambridge University in 1991, a team of scientist invented the world’s first webcam to keep an eye on coffee levels from their desk.

 

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File Sharing 101
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File Sharing 101


Being able to share pictures, files, programs, music, etc. with your friends and family is one of the best features of the Internet. It is also another way that fraudsters can get you.


You could be unintentionally giving fraudsters access to your computer while uploading what appears to be a legitimate file sharing program. Before uploading it, they will ask you to disable your firewall settings, giving them access to your computer.


Tips for safe file sharing and downloading:

  • Make sure to download with discretion by ensuring that you are getting it from a trusted source.
  • Always keep your firewall enabled and up to date.
  • Always keep your browser and anti-virus up to date.


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Did you know?
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Did you know?

 

Ransomware attacks have increased in recent years, and the U.S. is more susceptible than any other country. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are likely to pay a ransom to get back their stolen data, whereas 34 per cent worldwide would pay. According to Symantec, in 2017, cyber criminals’ asked for an average of

$1, 077 ransom per victim!


 

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