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These Tips Will Help You Keep Your Passwords Safe

Today is Safer Internet Day! One of the most dangerous things you can do on the internet is reuse passwords on multiple sites across the internet. Reusing a password makes you a target for hackers for two reasons:

1. First, let’s say a hacker guesses your password or a website you login to has a security hole and they are somehow able to obtain your username and password. That same hacker, if her or she is smart, will at least try that same username and password combo on other popular sites. Maybe they got your password through a flaw on a small time cooking recipe site, not big deal right? But if you used that same combo for your bank account, you could quickly be in financial trouble!

2. If you only had to worry about one hacker, that would be one thing. But today, hackers are just as well connected across the internet as any of us are. Your one stolen password will almost certainly end up complied into a massive, mindbogglingly large list of passwords stolen from millions of users across thousands of websites. Maybe the one person who figured out your one password will be a bit lazy. Maybe they’ll only try a few sites and give up. Once your password gets into one of these massive lists, you’ll have an entire army of hackers, and their special automated tools, trying your password on every site. Between new hackers coming along and new automatic tools that make use of these lists, you’ll never be safe using that same username and password combo again.

With all the scariness surrounding passwords and hackers, what can you do to protect yourself?

Well, one thing we highly recommend is that you stop reusing password across different sites. This sounds hard, right? It means you’ll need a different for every site you visit. The way to do this without it become a chore is to use a password manager like 1Password or Last Pass. These programs help you store your passwords securely on your computer and help suggest new passwords for every site you visit. Often times, these programs will pop up like magic and help you fill in your unique password for every site you visit. Not only are you more secure, logging in to site becomes easier as well.

Another thing we recommend you do is check to see if any of your previous passwords are in any of these giant list hacker compile. Previously, the easier way to do this was to go to haveibeenpwned.com. But now, Google has stepped in and has an even easier solution. Google’s new Password Checkup extension for their Chrome web browser makes it so you don’t even need to do the checking yourself. Just install the extension located here (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/password-checkup/pncabnpcffmalkkjpajodfhijclecjno) and it will run in the corner of your window and do your checking for you. Whenever it sees you using a password that has been is part of one of those giant hacker password lists it will alert you to the danger and ask if you want to use a different password.

Staying safe on the internet isn’t always easy what with so many bad actors out there hoping to spot even the smallest slip up. But using tools like Password Managers and this new Password Checkup extension Google has released will help you keep your passwords out of hackers’ hands.

If you think you have been hacked, or you think your computer might have caught a virus, bring it over to Computer Repair in Tyler. We have the tools to give it a clean bill of health. Even better, all month long we are offering our virus removal service for free when you come in to have other computer work done. See our video below for more details:

Today is Safer Internet Day! One of the most dangerous things you can do on the internet is reuse passwords on multiple sites across the internet. Reusing a password makes you a target for hackers for two reasons:

1. First, let’s say a hacker guesses your password or a website you login to has a security hole and they are somehow able to obtain your username and password. That same hacker, if her or she is smart, will at least try that same username and password combo on other popular sites. Maybe they got your password through a flaw on a small time cooking recipe site, not big deal right? But if you used that same combo for your bank account, you could quickly be in financial trouble!

2. If you only had to worry about one hacker, that would be one thing. But today, hackers are just as well connected across the internet as any of us are. Your one stolen password will almost certainly end up complied into a massive, mindbogglingly large list of passwords stolen from millions of users across thousands of websites. Maybe the one person who figured out your one password will be a bit lazy. Maybe they’ll only try a few sites and give up. Once your password gets into one of these massive lists, you’ll have an entire army of hackers, and their special automated tools, trying your password on every site. Between new hackers coming along and new automatic tools that make use of these lists, you’ll never be safe using that same username and password combo again.

With all the scariness surrounding passwords and hackers, what can you do to protect yourself?

Well, one thing we highly recommend is that you stop reusing password across different sites. This sounds hard, right? It means you’ll need a different for every site you visit. The way to do this without it become a chore is to use a password manager like 1Password or Last Pass. These programs help you store your passwords securely on your computer and help suggest new passwords for every site you visit. Often times, these programs will pop up like magic and help you fill in your unique password for every site you visit. Not only are you more secure, logging in to site becomes easier as well.

Another thing we recommend you do is check to see if any of your previous passwords are in any of these giant list hacker compile. Previously, the easier way to do this was to go to haveibeenpwned.com. But now, Google has stepped in and has an even easier solution. Google’s new Password Checkup extension for their Chrome web browser makes it so you don’t even need to do the checking yourself. Just install the extension located here (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/password-checkup/pncabnpcffmalkkjpajodfhijclecjno) and it will run in the corner of your window and do your checking for you. Whenever it sees you using a password that has been is part of one of those giant hacker password lists it will alert you to the danger and ask if you want to use a different password.

Staying safe on the internet isn’t always easy what with so many bad actors out there hoping to spot even the smallest slip up. But using tools like Password Managers and this new Password Checkup extension Google has released will help you keep your passwords out of hackers’ hands.

If you think you have been hacked, or you think your computer might have caught a virus, bring it over to Computer Repair in Tyler. We have the tools to give it a clean bill of health. Even better, all month long we are offering our virus removal service for free when you come in to have other computer work done. See our video below for more details:


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Why Your Mac Needs Antivirus Software

It’s a common thought that Mac users do not require antivirus like their Windows PC user counterparts. However, the climate for this statement is everchanging in the digital age we are in today.

The two main reasons Macs are considered more secure:

  • MacOS is a Unix-based operating system and is sandboxed.
  • There are fewer Macs being used than Windows PC.

Macs can get infected but it is much harder for the virus to spread to the heart of the machine. The recent growth of the web and the ever-increasing popularity of the cloud has changed the landscape for possible threats. Although it is harder to target Macs, and the number of users is a lot smaller than other brands of computers, there are still some viable reasons to look into a good Mac Antivirus Software. Malwarebytes reported in March of 2018 that malware grew more than 270 percent back in 2017. That being said, Windows 8 and 10 are the most secure Windows updates ever, and criminals are starting to take not that maybe it would serve them well to target Mac users more frequently. Mac users need to be made aware that they can, in fact, infect Windows users, especially in a shared network corporate environment. If a Mac user downloads a file with a PC virus, and that file is given to another user it could very well still have the virus code within it. Another issue is that mail can be infected and then forwarded to a Windows machine without the Mac user even noticing. Some Mac users even run macOS and Windows side by side using Bootcamp or other virtual machine solution.

Signs your Mac has a virus:

  • Your Mac suddenly starts running very slowly or applications lag much more than they usually do.
  • You see ads pop up on your Mac Randomly.
  • Websites you visit show ads that are unconnected with your usual browsing history.
  • You find software such as browser toolbars that you didn’t install yourself.
  • Websites that don’t usually have ads start to display banners on them.

Macs are great machines that have a lot of built-in methods for keeping you secure. Criminals are shifting their tactics and times are changing. It’s best to keep your computer and the computers around you as secure as possible. Here is a list of anti-virus software that Mac users can look into:

  • Intego Mac Internet Security X9
  • Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
  • Norton Security for Mac
  • Sophos Antivirus for Mac
  • Avira Antivirus for Mac


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Importance of Virus Removal in 2019

As you may have seen, we are offering a FREE Virus Removal with any computer repair service this week. The reason for such a massive deal is because of the increasing issue of personal computer security. Every password that is used, every site that has been visited, is a log of your personal data. Recently, personal data has been exploited by scammers and hackers who do not seek the interest of you.

As a service of Tyler, ETV Software’s Computer Repair – our retail portion of ETV Software – we have the important responsibility of keeping your computer as secure as possible.

Knowing the risks that you are taking when you suspect that your computer has been infected while NOT getting a virus removal from an Accredited business can cost you in the long run. How you may ask? Here are a few reasons why viruses are your worst enemy:

1. Loss of Data/Information

One of the most prominent issues that seem to happen when viruses infect your computer is that they can delete your important documents or files. This actually happens more than you think. And oftentimes, users don’t even realize it. Until they do… Protecting your personal files for work, college, or even family memories can be lost due to a virus on your computer.

2. Leaked Data/Information

It’s the information age. Personal data is being bought and sold. In the event that your data gets leaked, it’s very hard to “un-leak” it. Everything that is written on the internet isn’t written in pencil – it’s written in ink. Every time that you take a video, a picture, or even send a text message, that information gets stored somewhere. And, as you have seen in recent news, that information can get leaked. Viruses are built with malicious intent. Whether it’s to illegally gather your information to sell to agencies or if it’s to simply create chaos in someone’s life, viruses serve no other purpose than to destroy. This is why it’s important to take your computer to your local computer repair shop to ensure that you are protected.

3. Interference with Usability/Efficiency

Nothing is more annoying than a slow computer. Viruses, outside of the huge issues they can cause, are simply anger-inducing. Speed up your workflow to hit that deadline by simply getting a virus removal. We recommend, at least, monthly professional virus removals by a computer repair professional in order to ensure that you’re working as safely and efficiently as possible.

4. Lawsuits

If you own a business with the exchange of information, leaked or lost data can have severe consequences. These consequences have been shown to affect companies like Equifax and Facebook have also been under scrutiny for their leaked data. Lawsuits can totally sink small to mid-sized businesses so it’s important to keep your computers virus free!


What's Your Businesses Computer Crash Plan?

As a business owner in 2018, it’s important to realize that computers are at the heart of keeping your company afloat.

It’s very common to have your computer be lost or stolen, and business owners should keep this in mind when moving forward with their company. No matter how big your company is, you’re in need of a crash plan in case thing don’t go as planned, and they certainly will not, it’s just a matter of how the problem is handled. We will provide you the list and leave it up to you to handle it yourself or call in a professional like ETV Software. Tip number one is to think about keeping your critical files on a cloud-based hard drive. Having an automatic offsite backup for your files is a smart solution for any business with important data. It’s also vital to have a local computer backup solution. This step is easier on a Mac but there are also steps you can take to quickly do this process on a Windows. Another great tip for you crash plan is to have an offsite computer backup solution. This is so that if your external hard drives are stolen, burned or any other catastrophe happens you will not lose your data. If you only have an onsite backup solution all your data is still in one physical area and could possibly be destroyed if something were to happen. Backups are important, but it should also not be overlooked to ensure you have proper virus protection on both your Mac and PC. This is a fundamental step in any computer crash prevention plan. Is your current router up-to-date? How about your firmware? One of the most overlooked steps in a crash plan is making sure this software is kept up to date in these technologies. The updates will add needed security features and increase your overall performance. This step is quick and easy and will end up saving your company a lot of time in the future. Another factor for businesses to keep in mind is the number of computers in use for your company. It is recommended if you have 10 computers or more there should be a Network Attached Storage, NAS solution for local physical backups. However, this should not take the place of offsite backups, cloud storage or virus protection.

Unless you have your own department working on this daily, it can be hard to find the time to do all these steps alone. We want to remind you that at ETV Software, we can help you put the needed actions in place to make sure your companies data is kept safe and secure. Give us a call today! 903.858.4383

As a business owner in 2018, it’s important to realize that computers are at the heart of keeping your company afloat.

It’s very common to have your computer be lost or stolen, and business owners should keep this in mind when moving forward with their company. No matter how big your company is, you’re in need of a crash plan in case thing don’t go as planned, and they certainly will not, it’s just a matter of how the problem is handled. We will provide you the list and leave it up to you to handle it yourself or call in a professional like ETV Software. Tip number one is to think about keeping your critical files on a cloud-based hard drive. Having an automatic offsite backup for your files is a smart solution for any business with important data. It’s also vital to have a local computer backup solution. This step is easier on a Mac but there are also steps you can take to quickly do this process on a Windows. Another great tip for you crash plan is to have an offsite computer backup solution. This is so that if your external hard drives are stolen, burned or any other catastrophe happens you will not lose your data. If you only have an onsite backup solution all your data is still in one physical area and could possibly be destroyed if something were to happen. Backups are important, but it should also not be overlooked to ensure you have proper virus protection on both your Mac and PC. This is a fundamental step in any computer crash prevention plan. Is your current router up-to-date? How about your firmware? One of the most overlooked steps in a crash plan is making sure this software is kept up to date in these technologies. The updates will add needed security features and increase your overall performance. This step is quick and easy and will end up saving your company a lot of time in the future. Another factor for businesses to keep in mind is the number of computers in use for your company. It is recommended if you have 10 computers or more there should be a Network Attached Storage, NAS solution for local physical backups. However, this should not take the place of offsite backups, cloud storage or virus protection.
Unless you have your own department working on this daily, it can be hard to find the time to do all these steps alone. We want to remind you that at ETV Software, we can help you put the needed actions in place to make sure your companies data is kept safe and secure. Give us a call today! 903.858.4383


NASA is now 60 years old!

NASA has just reached its 60-year mark!

With the direction the organization is planning on taking; it looks like they are well on their way to having another prolific 60 years ahead of them. NASA plans to incorporate more commercial services into their programs. This is in efforts to create new technologies and markets that have never been offered before. This will enable small companies to provide NASA services such as launch and landing platforms. This new process hopes to free up department workload so that more cutting edge pursuits can be put on the agenda.
 
We here at Computer Repair in Tyler are AMAZED by everything they’ve said is on the horizon…
Read more here.


It's Time For Our October Deal Of The Month!

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It’s October! Time for our deal of the month!

If you come into our shop wearing your costume you will get 20% all computer repair labor!

Teachers are in luck! you’re already set to get 20%, no costume required.


A Computer Virus Could Cost You $20,000

In Ontario, a computer virus scammer called the phone of a homeowner in Norfolk County stating that his computer had a virus. The victim, in a flurry of anxiety, gave the scammer access to his computer including all personal files and bank account information. The next day, approximately $20,000 was missing from the victim’s account.
Though the story happens to take place in Ontario, scammers are prevalent throughout North America and, with a recent increase in robocalls, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop any time soon. This is why you need professionals who you can trust that have experience in virus removal.
We advise that you:
– Do not click pop-ups. At all. Ever.
– Do not accept unsolicited calls.
– Only open emails from places or people you trust.
– Enable the pop-up blocker feature on your web browser.
– Update all anti-virus software before doing anything on your computer.
Viruses aren’t the end of the world with proper care. With professionals like us at Computer Repair In Tyler, we can scan and erase nearly *any* virus. Call us today at 903-858-4383
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Help Computer Repair in Tyler and Express Employment Provide Food To The Needy

For our June Deal of the Month, we are participating in the Express Employment food drive!

If you bring a minimum of 8 canned goods to our offices, we will be offering $20 OFF on all Virus Removal & Malware Scans.

For this month, we want to give our customers the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life while also doing something that needs to be done on a routine basis.

We are seeing record highs of viruses and malware this year, and it’s important for everyone to make sure their data is not being breached.

This offer applies to all non-commercial retail clients. Offer ends June 30th. Call or see our store for details!


FBI's Urgent Warning: Reset Your Routers Now

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had an urgent warning to Americans on May 25, 2018 – reset your routers. The FBI officially stated that, “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”

VPNFilter malware is apparently being used by these hackers which spot the holes within certain routers. VPNFilter is used to collect information on civilians and businesses alike, and have the power to shut down routers at a moment’s notice.

What does all of this mean to you?

You need to unplug your router for at least 30 seconds. It’s important to unplug the router from the wall outlet with a surge protector, not from the device itself, or you could risk a surge causing your device to be destroyed.

As always, if you need help with this, or if you think your computer may be infected with malware – call us at 903.858.4383, or send us a Facebook message, and we can help you out.

Though it’s recommended for everyone to reboot your routers, these are the devices that are documented to be officially compromised:

LINKSYS DEVICES:
• E1200
• E2500
• WRVS4400N

MIKROTIK ROUTEROS VERSIONS FOR CLOUD CORE ROUTERS:
• 1016
• 1036
• 1072

NETGEAR DEVICES:
• DGN2200
• R6400
• R7000
• R8000
• WNR1000
• WNR2000

QNAP DEVICES:
• TS251
• TS439 Pro
Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software

TP-LINK DEVICES:
• R600VPN


Recent Windows 10 Update Causing Crashes and Endless Reboots

We’ve been seeing instances of the latest version of Windows 10 causing issues with computers equipped with certain types of SSD solid state drives. The update that was released around the beginning of the month could cause some computers to become stuck in a restart loop or cause some laptops equipped with one of the affected ssds to burn through its battery far more quickly than usual.

If your desktop or laptop is stuck restarting or is acting funny after doing an update, we can help. For more information, give us a call at 903-858-4383 or bring your computer to 1331 South Beckham and let one of our experienced technicians take a look at it.