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Title: Welcome To

Welcome To
  • Getting To Know Your Website!

Actually Useful stuff!
What Do I Consider Useful?
  • Internet safety
  • Backup of critical information
  • Care of your computer

Internet Safety
  • To give an understanding of internet safety I
    will point out some basic internet dangers and
    then give you some advice on how to combat these

  • Malware, a term which is short for malicious
    software, covers a lot of categories and all of
    them are meant to do you and/or your system harm
    or steal information.

Categories of Malware
  • Virus
  • Spyware
  • Scareware
  • Trojan Horse
  • Worm

  • A virus is generally designed to do harm to your
    system. A virus will usually attach itself to
    executable files and have a file extension of
    .exe. A virus is technically the most dangerous
    thing for your system but becoming secondary to
    spyware and scareware. A virus attack is usually
    for bragging rites among hackers and kids
    learning code, thus they are becoming less
    prevalent than the programs made to make money
    off of you or your organization.

  • Scareware is, to most of my customers, the most
    annoying of the items in the malware category. It
    not only takes your computer hostage promising
    that if you buy their product it will fix the
    myriad of problems you are experiencing, the
    scareware actually made or made up the problems.
    If you are daft enough to actually give these
    people your bank account information, they will
    have that hostage as well. If that is not enough
    of a slap in the face, buying the software never
    changes or fixes the state of your system and
    your computer will need professional service to
    put it back to normal. Generally speaking the
    only way I have found to successfully remove all
    traces of these attacks is a full wipe of the
    hard drive and a reinstall of the operating

  • Spyware is by far the most lucrative way for
    hackers to make money. Spyware is meant to not be
    noticed while it is on your computer since it is
    gathering information about you and sending it
    back to the writer of the code or it is
    redirecting all of your traffic through toolbars
    and browser hijacks. The best of these can get
    all of your information and you wont even know
    youve been hacked. I would be willing to bet
    almost half of the computers here have some kind
    of spyware on them right now.

Trojan Horse
  • A Trojan horse installs a backdoor which allows
    hackers to totally takeover your computer. Your
    computer will become unknowingly part of a denial
    of service attack or used to send thousands of
    spam emails. Technically a virus, a Trojan horse
    will generally try to not be noticed so will not
    usually do any damage to your computer or make it
    run unusually. The FBI recently had to give 6
    months warning before shutting down an operation
    that had control of tens of thousands of
    computers to use for their own nefarious ends.

  • A worm is also a virus that will generally be a
    Trojan horse but is designed to spread itself to
    all the other computers on a user or company's

Identity Theft
  • Although not malware, things you do on social
    networks like Facebook and other social sites,
    can give criminals most of the information they
    need to commit identity fraud.

What Can I Do?
  • It is actually very easy and very cheap to be
    internet savvy and to protect yourself and your

  • You do not need to spend a ton of money on an
    antivirus. Most free antivirus programs are quite
    adequate for blocking everyday virus attacks. An
    expensive antivirus can only give you a minimum
    of extra antivirus protection. The main thing to
    remember is no matter how much you pay for an
    antivirus if you are on a site the first day a
    new virus is out, you are going to get it since
    none of the programs will have the virus
    definition updated for up to ten hours after a
    new virus hits the internet. Also most of the
    mainstream antivirus programs like McAfee or
    Norton have become bloated system hogs that are
    dreadfully complicated for most people to
    understand and run. With that said a good
    antivirus program will keep you safe from most
    all known viruses, Trojan horses and worms. Last
    on the subject of viruses, pay attention to what
    you are clicking on, most viruses have to be

  • There are some very good spyware programs and I
    recommend using them for spyware scanning. Most
    spyware is not technically a virus and it will
    not register on an antivirus program. Remember
    this is the category that makes hackers the most
    money so by its very nature it attracts the best
    programmers. Run your preferred spyware program
    regularly and make sure it is updated before you
    run it.

  • Scareware is the biggest pain in the but of all
    of the categories. It will usually pop up in a
    window that looks like its part of your system
    telling you you have to update, or restart, or
    any mundane computer operation that you have done
    a hundred times. Since it is made to look and act
    like your system, it is almost impossible for the
    average user to know they have just infected
    their computer. The program will give you a
    myriad of warnings in the jist of your pc has
    registry errors, viruses, etc., and the only way
    to fix this is to buy X program. The program
    will have a name like Antivirus 2013 or
    Windows antivirus. If you are getting this
    message you are already infected. No programs
    will tell you this is an issue until it is too
    late. Your only protection against this kind of
    attack is your wits. Pay very good attention to
    anything you click on while you are on the

Identity Theft
  • Safely following the simple advice I have given
    so far is a great first step in assuring you will
    not get your identity stolen. There are also
    steps to take to make sure your information is
    not easily accessible to thieves while you use
    social media such as facebook, twitter and
    various instant message services.

Secure Yourself and be Aware
Personal Information
  • Never post your personal information publically.
    Most social sites or messaging sites ask you to
    post things like name, age, where you live, work,
    etc...this is not a requirement and it is best to
    use generalizations Like first name only. The
    more information you put out about yourself the
    easier you make it for identity thieves.

Instant Messaging
  • When using instant message services do not accept
    incoming file requests from people you do not
    know and make sure if you do accept one you are
    actually talking to whom you think you are. A
    good hacker may be in control of a friends

  • If you have a laptop that you frequently use on
    public networks make sure you have the file
    sharing option turned off. If your are using your
    laptop on a public network and it starts behaving
    abnormally, disconnect immediately and give your
    computer a scan for attempted intrusions. A good
    hacker will get right by most firewalls quickly
    and easily so this is an area I leave up to the
    individual. In my experience the added hassle of
    not being able to easily connect to networks is
    not worth the minimal protection of hardcore
    firewalls. So if you use a lot of public networks
    a firewall will add to your safety at the expense
    of being more difficult to setup and use, but
    nothing will keep you safer than being aware.

Personal Files
  • Personal files that have sensitive information
    should be kept on a detachable thumb drive or
    hard drive. You can also encrypt your files but
    the first time you encrypt a folder or file, you
    should back up your encryption certificate. If
    your certificate and key are lost or damaged and
    you do not have a backup, you won't be able to
    use the files that you have encrypted.

  • Backing up your personal data is not very
    difficult. It may take some time to setup but
    once your setup for backups doing them regularly
    should be easy.

  • Not to sound like a commercial, but of all the
    computer services that companies want you to pay
    for this is one that is worth every penny. If you
    have Carbonite your backup is already done and
    you need not pay attention to this next bit.

  • Before setting up a backup, identify the files
    that you want backed up and try to get them all
    into a central location, such as, a specially
    named folder or your documents folder. All
    address book and email programs will have an
    import/export feature that will give you a backup
    file of everything currently in your contacts and

Do It!
  • Once you have taken the time to identify what
    files are important to you and have organized
    them in a central location, back them up! Invest
    in a backup device such as a thumb drive,
    external hard drive or dependable cloud space
    such as charter cloud drive and use it!

  • Care for your computer with regular maintenance.
    Depending on the amount you use your computer, at
    intervals of one week to once a month you should
    run a virus scan, spyware scan and empty your
    temporary files. Blow dust out of the case and
    off of the fans regularly as well. Listen for
    telltale signs of eminent failure like a fan that
    is becoming very noisy, a cd/dvd rom drive that
    is leaving marks on disks or spinning very loud,
    or even a hard drive that is starting to sound
    like it is grinding coffee. Replace mice and
    keyboards as needed, they are cheap and cause
    more computer headaches than you would think if
    not operating properly. As with anything
    mechanical maintenance will usually keep things
    running smooth.

Extra Tips from Tim
  • A few everyday things to help you keep your
    computer running lean.

Be Patient!
  • Even todays fastest computers still need time to
    load. Especially when first booting, a computer
    should be given time to fully load before using
    it. Some programs will require a few seconds
    before they are ready to use as well. Watch your
    hard drive activity indicator, when it has
    stopped or slowed to almost nothing you should be

Stop Clicking!
  • When a computer is responding slowly, clicking
    things will only make it slower! A computer, no
    matter how new or how fast, is still at its core,
    a First In First Out adding machine. No matter
    how many new commands you give a computer it is
    still going to finish the first thing in the

Memory is Finite
  • Computers are being made with more and more
    memory but a computer still runs best with as few
    things running in memory as you need. Your system
    tray is a good indicator of what is running on
    your system.

What Can I do?
  • Almost everything you install today will have
    some extra programs attached to it that you do
    not need to install. This could be your camera,
    your mp3 player, your Garmin or Tom Tom. Be aware
    as you are installing required software for new
    devices of these extras they try to install.
    These extras will include resetting your
    homepage, a toolbar for internet explorer, or a
    trial of an antivirus program. Where one or two
    extra programs running will not hurt system
    speeds as you install more things performance
    will suffer until your system is running terribly

Thats A lot!
  • We have covered a lot of ground that may or may
    not be easy for you to understand. I want to give
    a few live examples of the things I am talking
    about then I am going to open to floor to your

Extra Links
  • http//www.malwarebytes.org/
  • http//free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
  • http//www.carbonite.com/en/v2/index
  • http//www.piriform.com/ccleaner
  • These are just a few helpful links feel free to
    contact me at Ulysses13_at_charter.net or
    231-577-1090 if you have any questions or would
    like help with anything ? Thanks, Tim.
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