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Lock Out ID Thieves and Hackers

Posted on June 22, 2011 by Chris Bjorklund

The passwords to your computer and online accounts are like the keys to your safe deposit box. In the wrong hands, they can be used to steal your money and your identity. Strong passwords – those that are virtually impossible to recreate, even using a special decoder program – will keep your assets and information safe and secure.

A strong password is one that appears to be a random string of characters, including letters, numbers and symbols. The longer your password is, the harder it is to decipher. When creating a password, don’t use personal information such as your birth date or dog’s name. Don’t use real words. Do consider creating a password derived from a “passphrase” that is easy for you to remember. Read more

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Why Did My Computer Get a Virus?

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Chris Bjorklund

You can still get a virus even if you’ve installed virus protection software. That’s because it protects you from KNOWN viruses. But the bad guys are out there creating new viruses every day. There is no 100% guarantee your computer will not become infected.

According to Laura Kavinsky with Click Away, a Diamond Certified company, here are some things that might help: 1)Keep all your anti-virus and Windows updates current; 2) Be careful about opening email attachments, even from people you know; 3) Don’t click on any prompt until you know it’s truly safe. One of the top ways computers become infected is when computer users click on prompts for “free” virus software; Read more

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Back Up Your Computer – Now!

Posted on March 01, 2010 by Chris Bjorklund

You may not think too much about backing up data until the day comes when your hard drive crashes. That's when I got the wake-up call, thinking I had lost everything – photos, work documents, records, letters, music. Rick Sutherland, owner of ClickAway, a Diamond Certified company, says most people are like me and don't realize how easy back up is, and how expensive data recovery can be. To back up data, some people use an external hard drive, where data is put onto another disc and stored in a safety deposit box, or somewhere else outside your home. You can also use an automatic on-line back up service, which is especially useful for saving data on a daily basis. Read more

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