Most website seals like this mean little in terms of how reliable or secure a website is. User reviews (if there are enough to outweigh the astroturf posts) are usually the best way to gauge a site's trust.


Why You Shouldn't Trust a Web Site's "Seal of Approval"
lifehacker.com
Chances are you've come across "seals of approval" on web sites at some point in your web browsing life. Whether it's a Better Business Bureau seal, a Norton Secured Seal, or the TRUSTe Certified seal, they seem like a good thing to watch out for. How-To Geek points out how wrong that is.

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  • We often get asked to build computers for clients, which we happily do. But sometimes it's more fun to build one yourself. Here's an exhaustive guide that will teach you how to build a computer and what pitfalls to avoid. Looking for advice on what parts to get for a new computer, or need one built? Give us a call!


    How to Build a Computer: The Complete Guide
    lifehacker.com
    Last week, we showed you how to build your own custom PC, from picking the parts, to putting it together and installing your OS. Here's the complete guide, along with a printable PDF version that you can use as a reference.

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  • Scary stuff!!! Have a Happy Halloween!

    Scary stuff!!! Have a Happy Halloween!

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  • As 3D scanning and reproductive technology improves as a breathtaking pace, what was once thought fantasy is quickly becoming reality. No, you won't be building an Iron Man suit any time soon – but this is an amazing setup for creative professionals.


    HP’s Sprout PC is like a real version of Iron Man’s JARVIS
    arstechnica.com
    3D scanning PC melds the physical and the virtual.

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  • For our many small business customers – getting listed on Google Maps is VERY important (and setting up Google My Business, even more so). But Apple Maps has a large user base and Apple just released a business listing service called Apple Maps Connect. Be sure to get your business added today! Having trouble? We can help! Just give us a call…


    Apple Quietly Launched a Business Listings Service For Maps
    gizmodo.com
    In the immediate wake of all the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite hubbub, Apple took a step in Yelp's direction by launching a new service called Apple Maps Connect. Like Yelp, Apple Maps Connect lets people add small business listings to a directory. Unlike Yelp, that entire directory lives inside Apple Map…

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  • For our many small business customers – getting listed on Google Maps is VERY important (and setting up Google My Business, even more so). But Apple Maps has a large user base and Apple just released a business listing service called Apple Maps Connect. Be sure to get your business added today! Having trouble? We can help! Just give us a call…


    Apple Quietly Launched a Business Listings Service For Maps
    gizmodo.com
    In the immediate wake of all the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite hubbub, Apple took a step in Yelp's direction by launching a new service called Apple Maps Connect. Like Yelp, Apple Maps Connect lets people add small business listings to a directory. Unlike Yelp, that entire directory lives inside Apple Map…

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  • Beware! A new vulnerability affecting most Windows computers is already being used by hackers. The primary method of compromise if via Office documents – namely Powerpoint. If you open an Office document and you get the popup asking to make changes to the computer (UAC prompt) – click NO! There is also a hotfix available until Microsoft releases a security update to fix the problem (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3010060)


    Windows 0-day exploited in ongoing attacks, temporary workarounds offered
    www.net-security.org
    Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk t…

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  • Beware! A new vulnerability affecting most Windows computers is already being used by hackers. The primary method of compromise if via Office documents – namely Powerpoint. If you open an Office document and you get the popup asking to make changes to the computer (UAC prompt) – click NO! There is also a hotfix available until Microsoft releases a security update to fix the problem (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3010060)


    Windows 0-day exploited in ongoing attacks, temporary workarounds offered
    www.net-security.org
    Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk t…

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  • Google continues to help users secure their online accounts and data. With the support of Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), you can now lock down your Google account with a secure USB key. Even with normal Two Factor Authentication where you enter a code from your phone, you're vulnerable to phishing attacks (entering your credentials on a rogue site that looks like Google – which then logs into your account immediately). U2F ensures the login page you're using is real. Yahoo users should use their 'Login Shield' feature where you upload a picture that is always displayed on Yahoo's login page for you. If the picture isn't there – you know you're on a phishing site. Looking for help in securing your online accounts and identity? Give us a call!


    Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key
    googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com

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  • Google continues to help users secure their online accounts and data. With the support of Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), you can now lock down your Google account with a secure USB key. Even with normal Two Factor Authentication where you enter a code from your phone, you're vulnerable to phishing attacks (entering your credentials on a rogue site that looks like Google – which then logs into your account immediately). U2F ensures the login page you're using is real. Yahoo users should use their 'Login Shield' feature where you upload a picture that is always displayed on Yahoo's login page for you. If the picture isn't there – you know you're on a phishing site. Looking for help in securing your online accounts and identity? Give us a call!


    Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key
    googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com

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  • If your company uses Voice over IP, hackers could saddle you with thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. We can help you ensure your VoIP system is secure! Looking to save money on your phone service? We're also an authorized RingCentral dealer – ask us about VoIP phone service for big business phone features at small business prices!


    Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
    www.nytimes.com
    A phone fraud on the rise and aided by Internet-connected phone systems can lead to six-figure bills for businesses.

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  • If your company uses Voice over IP, hackers could saddle you with thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. We can help you ensure your VoIP system is secure! Looking to save money on your phone service? We're also an authorized RingCentral dealer – ask us about VoIP phone service for big business phone features at small business prices!


    Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
    www.nytimes.com
    A phone fraud on the rise and aided by Internet-connected phone systems can lead to six-figure bills for businesses.

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  • Some great advice on avoiding many common email scams that try to get your login credentials to banks, email, and more.


    How to Boost Your Phishing Detection Skills and Avoid Email Scams
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    Phishing scams—the ones that try to get you to provide private information by masquerading as a legitimate company—can be easy to uncover with a skeptical eye, but some can easily get you when you let your guard down for just a second. Here's how you can boost your phishing detection skills and prot…

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  • Some great advice on avoiding many common email scams that try to get your login credentials to banks, email, and more.


    How to Boost Your Phishing Detection Skills and Avoid Email Scams
    fplus.me
    Phishing scams—the ones that try to get you to provide private information by masquerading as a legitimate company—can be easy to uncover with a skeptical eye, but some can easily get you when you let your guard down for just a second. Here's how you can boost your phishing detection skills and prot…

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  • Is your laptop dead? One day it just wouldn't turn on, or it turns on and the screen stays dark? Laptop heatsinks frequently clog up with dirt, dust, and pet hair, which can overheat the 'chipset'. This is the device the links everything together in your computer and when they overheat – they often 'disconnect' from the motherboard. This is why it's important to have your laptop 'cleaned' once a year. If it's already dead – we can recover your data or repair it. Unlike many chipset repair services that try to 'remelt' the connections, our chipset repair involves replacing the chipset entirely with the latest generation, cooler running, chipset. These repairs can usually be done for $200-$275 depending on the model. So don't throw out that computer – it can be repaired for less than a new one!

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