Cryptocurrencies: Not Just For the Black Market

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin.  Cryptocurrency. You may recognize those terms being associated with cybercriminals holding your personal information hostage.  Often you’re instructed to pay the ransom using Bitcoin, if you want your files decrypted. Despite the negative connotation, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are becoming a popular alternative form of payment and potentially profitable investment vehicles. What are cryptocurrencies? […]

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7 Common PC Problems – And How To Fix Them (Part 2)

Benjamin Franklin wisely wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This holds true in all areas of life, including with your technological gadgets.  My clients who observe good computing habits year-round typically don’t experience many problems between their regularly scheduled PC Tune-Up appointments. In my last column, I shared with you […]

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7 Common PC Problems – And How to Fix Them (Part 1)

Early this spring, I visited Dr. Kocher for my annual physical. “It looks like you’ve lost some weight,” he smiles, noting that I dropped to 154 pounds this year from 178 last year. “Yea,” I cheerfully reply.  “I’ve been regularly working out at the gym since January.  I’m feeling a lot better.” He listened to […]

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3 iPhone Apps That Will Make Your Summer Vacation More Enjoyable

Venturing out on a summer getaway? Summer is a great time to pack your bags and escape your mundane everyday life for something more adventurous. Planning your excursion can sometimes be a stressful experience. These three mobile apps can help you find fun and interesting things to do, stay within your budget, and even include […]

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What You Should Learn From “The Day The Earth Was Hacked”

Europol, the intelligence agency of the European Union, called it a “cyberattack of an unprecedented level.” Starting early Friday, May 12, a massive ransomware infection called WannaCry quickly spread to hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries. It crippled entire hospitals, car manufacturers, telecom companies, and even affected U.S.-based FedEx, demanding a $300 […]

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The Real Costs of “Free” Antivirus Protection

When Alan brought his computer to us because he couldn’t access any websites, he never suspected the culprit would be this one seemingly harmless thing. Our technicians put his computer through rigorous troubleshooting, but were unable to immediately find the cause of his problem. After more in-depth testing, we discovered one small setting preventing Alan […]

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Tales of Three Clients (And The Moral of the Stories)

Richard received an email from his web designer last month informing him she had taken an opportunity that no longer allowed her to maintain his company’s web site. He immediately forwarded the information to me requesting I “handle it.” He knows his time and energy as a small business owner are best spent building his […]

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