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Top Anti-Virus Softwares
Posted on May 15, 2017.
Like most things in the virtual world, there are a lot of options to pick from when it comes to choosing the best antivirus software for your system.  Today we’re going to discuss two types of antivirus software available. One being the top free antivirus softwares, and the other being the top paid anti-virus softwares according to PCMag and TechRadar.  Paid anti-virus programs tend to have more features such as child locks, internet security on mobile devices, firewall monitoring, and other features.
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Latest Tech Advances Small Businesses Should Be Using
Posted on May 15, 2017.
When it comes to operating your small business, there are many technologies out there that can make a task easier whether it be for productivity, money managing, marketing, collaboration, customer service, or telecommunicating.  Today, we’ll cover a few basic upgrades that can improve your business almost immediately. One of the best technologies out there for small businesses is the Cloud.  The Cloud is a network of online servers that allows you to carry out a number of actions and activities over an internet connection.
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The Growing Popularity of Smart Home Tech
Posted on May 15, 2017.
It is no surprise how quickly the popularity of smart home technology has risen.  Technology in general is supposed to make our lives easier and more efficient, and smart home technology is certainly helping to do that.  Smart home technology commonly refers to a household that has lighting, appliances, security and other home automation systems that can be controlled remotely by the homeowner.  Smart home technology can make our homes safer and help homeowners save time and money.
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Tips to Improve the Battery Life on Your Devices
Posted on April 25, 2017.
When it comes to our mobile devices, one thing we want to get the most out of it is the battery life.  Having a phone that can last an entire work day, or even multiple days with moderate use is a huge plus in today’s world.  However, many people fall victim into having to charge their phone multiple times a day.  Finding out and understanding what is draining the battery of your phone will help you squeeze the best possible battery life out of your device.
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Should You Have Anti-Virus on Your Cell Phone?
Posted on April 13, 2017.
Everyone knows that with computers it is best to have antivirus measures in place because there are a lot of malware and infections out there that could harm your system.  The same can be said about your smartphone.  Most people probably don’t know that their phones can become infected. However, it is recommended that you probably need some sort of security application on your smartphone or tablet because there are security vulnerabilities in these devices, just like those in computers.
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Building A Network Helps Your Small Business Blog
Posted on April 02, 2017.
As a business owner, it is important that you and your employees are on the same page and have a solid seamless flow of communication to minimize errors and maximize production in the work place. If your work place has more than one computer, then chances are you could benefit from implementing a proper network for the systems to communication with each other.  A local area network (LAN) connects your company’s computers and allows them to share and exchange all sorts of information.  Several networked computers are much more useful than just having multiple computers stationed off on their own.
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The Future of Wearable Tech
Posted on March 21, 2017.
From watches to glasses, wearable tech is something that manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung have been putting more resources into.  However, consumers have seemingly not been as quick to jump on board with this growing trend. This is expected to change in the coming years as new and unexpected wearables arrive on the market.  The technology is continuing to improve as more companies get involved.
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Advice for Buying a Home Computer
Posted on March 15, 2017.
When it comes to buying a new computer for your home, there are many things to consider.  Most computer manufactures today will even let you pick and choose what components you want to put in your system, “a la carte” style.  It is important to know exactly what your needs are and what hardware will benefit you the most so you get the most bang for your buck. Let’s look at the main components you should focus on:   RAM RAM stands for “Random Access Memory” and is one of the main pieces of hardware that will influence the speed of your computer.
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2017 Cyber Security Outlook Blog
Posted on February 27, 2017.
This past year was an eventful time for cyber security as 2016 saw a number of breaches and hacks across various platforms.  Cyber criminals are becoming more aware and their tactics are getting more and more advanced as security measures try to catch up with them.  One of the most known hackings this past year was the Democratic National Committee where thousands of emails were compromised and later released on WikiLeaks.  There were several lesser known breaches as well on websites/services that include Yahoo, Dropbox, Oracle, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and more!
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E-Commerce Shopping Safety Tips
Posted on February 13, 2017.
The popularity of online shopping is growing at an all-time rate but unfortunately, so is cyber-crime. One of the most common forms of cyber-crime is hackers stealing your credit card information from unsafe websites.  You may have thought that you found a great deal on what looks like a reputable site but it turns out that it was just a shopping site set up by hackers to steal your information. Here are some tips to avoid a cyber-nightmare and stay safe while shopping online.
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Hire a Professional for Your Data Recovery at Home
Posted on January 26, 2017.
The most vital component of our computer systems is our data storage. Most people have files saved on their computer such as school work, personal data, financial information, health documents, photos, and more.  The fear of losing these files is always in the back of people’s minds however, the proper steps are rarely taken to ensure that the files are backed-up.  The threat of an error happening is very real and anything can happen at any time.
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IT Services Provided by Professionals
Posted on January 18, 2017.
When it comes to computer repair, most of us don’t want to deal with the hassle. Either you don’t have the time to troubleshoot the problems, or you simply don’t even know the first step to resolving the issue. Technology can cause a lot of headaches and stress, but they shouldn’t feel like a burden. Here are just a few services that an IT professional can provide for you at home or in the office.
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Two-step Verification: What Is It and How It Works
Posted on January 03, 2017.
In today’s state of technology, cyber security is paramount.  Websites are constantly being hacked and personal information is exposed, like account passwords and other confidential information.  Having a strong password with a combination of letters, symbols, and numbers is important, but enabling two-step verification on your accounts is even more vital to the safety of your accounts online.    What is two-step verification?
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Damages a Computer Virus Can Cause
Posted on December 14, 2016.
When it comes to computers, there are certain things that stay a constant, and viruses are one of them.  As technology advances, viruses get more complex and more difficult to combat once a system is infected.  It is important that computer users know the dangers of viruses and what they can do to systems once they get inside.  In some cases, every document that is stored on your computer’s hard drive will be lost forever if you don’t remove the virus from your computer.
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Windows 10 Vulnerability Discovered By Google
Posted on December 06, 2016.
Be alert Windows 10 users! Google researchers had uncovered what seemed to be a serious security vulnerability in Windows code that was being exploited for almost 3 weeks.  The flaw that Google discovered on October 21st also affected Adobe’s Flash media player.  In order for a system to be affected, malware must first exploit Adobe’s Flash player to gain control of a web browser, and then elevate privileges in order to escape the browser’s sandbox, and then finally install a backdoor to provide access to the victim’s computer.
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Social Media Safety Tips
Posted on November 01, 2016.
When it comes to social media, there is a long list of do’s and don’ts.  Along with watching what you post online, you also have to be aware on what goes on within your account as well as what you click on or download.  Social networking sites today will let their users customize their privacy settings.  Don’t just assume that the default settings are adequate and to your liking.
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The Importance of Using Surge Protection in Your Home
Posted on October 25, 2016.
A surge protector is an important way to protect the electronics in your home. What exactly is a surge protector? A surge protector has one job—to detect excess voltage and divert the extra electricity into the grounding wire, thus protecting your electronics from being fried. This is why all surge protectors have a grounding pin on the plug, which is the third prong on the plug.
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Be Aware of Phony Windows Support
Posted on October 05, 2016.
Windows 10 users need to stay alert! When browsing the internet, pay close attention to what you click on. Any entity that claims to be from Microsoft, such as Windows 10 Help Desk, and offers to work on your computer, should be viewed with skepticism. If something pops up, or you receive an e-mail claiming to be Microsoft and request a credit card number, home address, or phone number, then just close out or delete the e-mail.
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Use Backups to Fight Encryption Virus
Posted on September 15, 2016.
Encryption viruses, also known as ransomware, are one of the most common types of malware infections currently encountered, because they directly earn money for their creators through extortion. The software installs covertly, encrypting important files like office documents, business files, images and videos, without alerting the user to its presence. Once the files are rendered unusable, the software demands payment to return them back to normal. While there are some instances where the encryption can be reversed by exploiting problems in the code or by paying the ransom, the best way to prevent damage to important files is through a strict backup routine.
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Maintenance Tips for Your Computer at Home
Posted on August 25, 2016.
With computers, sometimes it’s the simplest things that can help the most. The most basic techniques can help keep your home PC running in tip-top shape. Here are a few simple ways to maintain your computer at home or at work:   Remove Dust Dusting your PC is a lot more important that you may think. Making sure the vents in your desktop or laptop are free of dirt and dust will allow your machine to properly expel heat.
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Safe Ways To Secure Your Password
Posted on August 17, 2016.
Chances are, you have accounts for dozens, if not many more, of websites that all require a password. Everything from your favorite retail sites like Amazon, to your online banking and everything in between, asks you to login and verify your identity in some capacity. But using the same password for every site isn’t safe, and keeping track of these passwords can be cumbersome, if not downright frustrating. The following are some of the safer ways you can keep track of your ever-expanding list of passwords.
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Can Macs Get Viruses?
Posted on August 09, 2016.
Viruses seem to plague Windows-based machines and have even been found on many Linux systems recently, leaving many OSX or MacOS users wondering, “Can Macs get viruses?” Though it seems like Windows computers are especially vulnerable to malware, that is only because they represent the largest share of the market. The truth is that every computer system, including desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and even Macs are vulnerable to virus and malware infections, thanks to a combination of system vulnerabilities, human error and lax security. Here are a few examples of Mac viruses that have been found so far this year: KeRanger Ransomware Found in early March, KeRanger encrypts a user's important files, such as office documents, photos and videos, then demands a payment of 1 bitcoin to release them, or about $650 at current market prices.
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The Most Common Ways to Get a Virus
Posted on July 26, 2016.
Computer viruses have been with us seemingly for as long as there have been computers. It’s one of the first things you’re warned about when you begin to use a computer. Most likely, there won’t ever be a time when computer viruses do not exist, so taking preventative measures to combat them is smart. Below are some of the most common ways that users can get malicious software.
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Role of an IT Specialist
Posted on June 30, 2016.
Every business, from the smallest startup to the largest corporation, needs IT support. Just like at home, computer problems are bound to arise at the workplace. As well as responding to new, unforeseen issues, IT specialists are also expected to be proactively working to prevent disasters from happening in the first place. The following are just a few of the needs of today’s businesses for IT specialists.
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The Importance of Saving Your Product Keys
Posted on June 24, 2016.
One of the most important components of IT is simply being prepared. You’ll never be able to fully prevent technical issues from arising, but there are steps you can take to make sure that when trouble finds you, you’ll be better equipped to handle it and be able to decrease the amount of time your system is out of commission. An often overlooked, but crucial, practice is keeping track of your software licenses and product keys.  These licenses and keys will come in handy in the event you need to change systems for any reason (i.
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Windows 10 Upgrade
Posted on June 15, 2016.
Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, has been out for almost a year, and while the general consensus is that it’s a success, there have been some technical issues. However, people are anxious to use many new, popular features such as Universal Apps, the true return of the Start Menu, a slick interface, and the Siri-competitor named Cortana. In addition, the reception to Windows 10 has been a lot warmer than it was to Windows 8. Whether you were waiting for launch issues to be sorted out, were saving up for a new PC, or just haven’t gotten around to it, here are a few things you should contact a professional to help you with prior to upgrading to Microsoft 10.
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Understanding Cloud Backup Services - What You Should Know
Posted on May 31, 2016.
Though today's computer systems are relatively reliable, data loss is still a strong possibility and is most often caused by accidental deletion, hardware failures, or malware infections. One of the best ways to protect your critical files is to use a cloud backup service and there are several factors that should be considered when choosing a provider. Compatible Files By default, many services store only user files, such as office documents, photos, videos, and other personal files. Others offer full backups, including system files, or full disk images that can be used to restore a system after a major hardware failure.
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The Secrets on How to Speed Up A Computer
Posted on May 20, 2016.
As a computer ages and new software is released that requires greater resources, even the best system will begin to slow to a crawl. However, there are some simple steps you can take to speed up your computer and regain some of that performance. Remove Malware Undesired software, such as viruses and other malware, can run in the background and slow your computer down significantly. Contact a professional to help you install both antivirus and anti-malware software, scan often, and keep them updated to protect your system and speed up your computer.
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The Difference Between Desktop, Laptop and Notebook Computers
Posted on May 06, 2016.
Computer systems are typically divided into several classifications, including desktops, laptops and notebooks, among others. Each category has slightly varying features, though the differences between a laptop and notebook are minor, with the terms often used interchangeably. Desktop The term desktop refers to a stationary computer that includes a desktop tower and an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The tower contains the computer itself, which consists of the motherboard, processor, hard drive, and other components.
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Signs That You Are in Need of A Computer Repair
Posted on April 25, 2016.
Random glitches and technical problems are to be expected when using a computer, which is a very complex collection of hardware and software. But, when the glitches are major, or happen often, it may be a sign that you are in need of a major computer repair. Here are some of the most obvious symptoms: Strange Noises Rattling sounds, whining sounds, clunking, or scratching may indicate that a system fan, hard drive, or optical drive is failing. If the problem is the fan or the hard dive, then a failure could cause system damage or lost files, and it should be repaired immediately.
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Hackers Developed a Ransomware for Mac Computers
Posted on April 15, 2016.
For several years, Ransomware has been a profitable business opportunity for malware developers. Although it has primarily targeted machines running Windows, due to the operating system's large market share, the infections have recently expanded to mobile devices, Linux servers, and, now, even machines running Apple's OSX operating system. On March 4, 2016, Palo Alto Networks, a security firm, discovered that OSX versions of Transmission, a popular cross-platform BitTorrent client, had been infected with a new type of Ransomware for Mac computers that they dubbed “KeRanger.” The infection has only been found in the 2.
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Data Recovery from Damaged Computers or Devices
Posted on March 28, 2016.
Recovering lost data can often be tricky after an accident happens, and the success of data recovery for damaged computers and other devices depends on the cause of the damage. Recovery Options Data from a computer sometimes can be recovered with professional software, such as PhotoRec or Recuva, or commercial software such as Kroll Ontrack. If the SSD or hard drive is physically damaged, the only option may be data recovery services. For damaged Android or iOS devices, tools from MobiKin or FonePaw may recover some data.
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Technology for Business | Tech Support for Business
Posted on February 15, 2016.
Each year, new software and devices are introduced that make running an office or small business easier, more productive, and more secure. Here is an overview of the latest technology for the office: Convertible Tablets Driven by the success of the Microsoft Surface Pro series of tablets that offer tablet-like portability combined with notebook-like productivity, thanks to a detachable keyboard and optional pen, several other vendors have started offering their own versions aimed at business customers, including Lenovo and Dell. These powerful systems are quickly replacing single-use devices and are affordable additions to the office. Ultra-Wide and UHD Monitors Low-resolution monitors can limit productivity and increase eyestrain.
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Cyber Crime | Freehold, NJ
Posted on February 02, 2016.
Cyber crime is a major problem worldwide, and in the United States, it cost the economy over 16 billion dollars in 2014 alone, according to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research. Incidents of cyber crime happen almost daily, and can include identity theft, credit card fraud, bank fraud, hacking and denial-of-service attacks, among other crimes. Here are some of the latest updates on the fight against cyber crime: Cybersecurity Bill Passed On Friday, December 18th, the United States Congress passed an Omnibus government funding bill, which included the Cybersecurity Act. According to the House Security Committee, the bill is designed to protect both federal and private business networks from foreign hackers and cyber-terrorists.
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Signs You Have a Virus | Computer Repair | Freehold
Posted on January 18, 2016.
Almost every day, a new type of computer virus is discovered, as well as new methods to covertly install the illicit software onto your system. Not only can a virus reduce the performance of your computer, but it can also corrupt important files, steal personal information or even encrypt your files before demanding a ransom payment. Although viruses and other malware tend to be extremely stealthy, there are several signs that indicate your system may be infected. Poor performance: When your computer starts running slower than normal, taking a long time to start up, open programs or load websites, it may be a sign that viruses are running in the background.
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Public WiFi Safety Tips | How To Avoid Viruses
Posted on January 07, 2016.
Many businesses offer public WiFi access as a convenience to their customers and as an easy way for employees to connect to the Internet. Without proper public WiFi security, however, these access points can prove to be quite dangerous. Using only a few pieces of freely-available software, an experienced thief can easily monitor the data that is sent to or from a connected computer, if the connection is not secured, potentially stealing sensitive information such as login credentials, bank account information or credit card numbers in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack. They may also gain access to other computers on the network, stealing files from shared directories or otherwise compromising the computer.
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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Computer | Computer Repair
Posted on December 04, 2015.
Computer Repair vs Computer Upgrade In the computer industry, the underlying technology advances at a rather brisk pace. Hardware becomes faster, and new standards and technology are constantly being developed. Software becomes more complex and powerful, requiring greater amounts of processing power and memory to run properly. After several years, during which programs are upgraded and new hardware is developed, you may find that your computer no longer seems as fast as it once was or that your machine is incompatible with the latest hardware or software.
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How to Avoid Email Viruses | Computer Safety Tips
Posted on October 19, 2015.
One of the most successful ways to distribute viruses and other malware today is through email, because it is easy, anonymous and inexpensive. To gain your trust, the attackers will disguise dangerous emails as messages from trusted sources, such as shipping companies, banks or email providers. They may also use data from compromised accounts of associates or publicly-available information to personalize the emails and make them appear more trustworthy. If any email viruses are allowed to run, they can compromise sensitive business or personal information, corrupt files, or even encrypt your files and hold them for ransom.
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Facebook Hoaxes - Know the Facts - Avoid Becoming a Victim
Posted on September 29, 2015.
You may have seen Facebook statuses made by your friends and/or family recently that made a statement about keeping your information private on Facebook.  One recent post falsely served as a “legal notice” to keep your information private after Facebook became a publicly traded company.  It looked something like this: As of September 29th, 2015 at 12:50 p.m.
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Firewall for Home and Office
Posted on August 10, 2015.
Along with an antivirus program, most security experts recommend at least a basic firewall to keep your computer secure, regardless of whether you are a home or a business user. A firewall can be a program installed on your computer, software integrated into your router, or a standalone piece of hardware that is installed on your network. What Does a Firewall Do for Home Computers? On your home computer, a firewall prevents malicious programs and hackers from gaining access to your computer and your personal information by monitoring any incoming traffic and blocking or filtering out potentially harmful data packets based on the type of traffic and the communications port being used.
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New Mac Backdoor BIOS Attacks | Mac Vulnerability
Posted on July 28, 2015.
There was a time in the not so distant past that Mac computers were viewed by consumers as superior to Windows, in terms of security.  The main reason for this was it was a time when Macs were far less popular than they are today.  With most computers and businesses running Windows, computer viruses were aimed mainly towards these computers instead of Macs.  Roger Grimes of InfoWorld refers to it as, “security through obscurity”.
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Small Business Hackings | Business Firewalls
Posted on June 05, 2015.
Computer hacking probably doesn’t make the top 5 list of concerns for most small business owners.  However, the growing problem in the nation has resulted in hackers making a living off of small business owners that are not well educated on the dangers of cyber-crime.  Instead of throwing statistics at you about how many small businesses are not using firewalls in their offices or how many cyber crimes happen every day in this country, we will share some stories from small business owners that never thought hackers would attack their business.  We would like to note that none of these business owners are current or past clients of Computer Solutions of Freehold.
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Importance of Data Backup | Avoid Data Recovery
Posted on February 23, 2015.
Avoid The More Difficult Data Recovery Process Everything has been going smoothly, you’ve almost completed that big report your boss asked you to do last minute.  You have stayed up all night making sure it is perfect.  You’re on the last page and your fourth cup of coffee.  Just as you’re about to send it, your power goes out and the screen goes black.
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Tech Support at Home | Computer Repair Freehold
Posted on February 23, 2015.
We are living in an era where technology is everywhere.  The next time you are sitting in a room and have a few seconds, count how many pieces of technology are in that room with you.  Chances are it will be more than just a couple.  Whether they are laptops, desktop computers, cell phones, tablets, electronic readers, printers, or dozens of other things, we cannot escape technology even if we wanted to.
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