If you went ahead and installed Windows 10, here are some tips to tweak it a bit…
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  • We're not recommending you upgrade to Windows 10 YET. But in a month or two when they've fixed a lot of bugs and you've verified any critical software you use will work on WIndows 10? Definitely worth upgrading. It's one of the best Windows' yet.
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  • Windows 10 has started to roll out. Wondering if you should update? We strongly advise businesses to wait a while to ensure their critical apps will work. Residential users should wait a month or two – allowing bugs found by early adopters to be fixed.

    If you DO choose to upgrade, be VERY careful! Microsoft forces your computer to start using all their built in apps for web browsing, pictures, music, and videos. They also, by default, opt you in to MANY privacy invasive options you have to turn off. You have to specifically UNCHECK those boxes during installation. Also, your default web browser will be set the new Microsoft Edge browser. If you prefer to use Chrome or Firefox, they will prompt you to make them default again – watch for it.

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  • There is a new phishing campaign underway that is trying to compromise Google accounts by way of fake Google Drive login pages. Be careful when entering your Google credentials – make sure the URL is a google.com URL, and when in doubt, type in http://drive.google.com and login that way.
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  • Some useful security information to help you stay safe online and protect your systems…
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  • Malware infections for your phone are coming fast. If you aren't running some form of anti-malware program on your phone, you should be! And never install apps from outside the Play Store (sideloading).
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  • You may want to avoid Internet Explorer for a while until Microsoft patches these vulnerabilities. Try Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead…
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  • Ransomware is costing over a million dollars a month in damages, and that's just from businesses that reported incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Most don't. Worried about the security of your computers and network? IT Xpress can help! Call (336-525-5005) or email ([email protected]) today for your free infrastructure evaluation!
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  • If you use GMail, consider giving their Inbox client a try. If you find you use your email Inbox like a To-do list (leave it in Inbox till it's handled), Inbox is perfect for you. It DOES take some getting used to, but having used it for personal and business accounts for many months now – I can't imagine switching back. The best part though? You always CAN switch back to the normal GMail interface (GMail is http://mail.google.com and Inbox is http://inbox.google.com). In fact, you can switch between them as often as  you like. Inbox is definitely worth a try, especially on mobile. Be sure to read the tutorials and hints to get started!
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  • The Microsoft Support scammers are changing tactics, and one tactic is bad… First – Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, etc will NOT call you about a virus on your computer. They also will not popup a message like this for you to call them. The goal of this scam is to get you to click on a program that lets them login to your computer, run a 'scanner' and show you 'all the viruses' (it's fake). Then they try to sell you a $500 support plan or license 'renewal' (Windows is expired – you need to pay to renew it – again fake). Even worse is what a client shared with us recently: After she'd followed the scammers directions to run their remote access software – the scammer knew she wasn't biting, so he launched a segment of their malware that brought up the webcam, obviously showing the user on the screen and said "This is what the hackers can see right now. You need to let us fix this.". Thankfully the user shut the laptop and brought it to us.

    Don't be lured in by these scams and please share among your family and friends so they don't fall for this VERY successful scam. Plus a little black electrical tape over a webcam works wonders if you don't use it!

    Worried you may have been a victim of this scam or that you have real malware on your computer? IT Xpress can help! Call 336-525-5005 or email [email protected] today!

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  • Microsoft just released an emergency security patch 'out of band' meaning outside it's normal monthly patch cycle. So if you see the small "Windows Update' icon near the clock (looks like a card with an orange ring around it) or get prompted to restart to install a patch – do it!
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  • Ransomware – a virus that encrypts all your data on your PC and any shared folders (think servers) it can find – is becoming more common and more dangerous. What would happen to your business if all your files were suddenly encrypted and held for ransom? Would you pay it? Are there backups? Could you continue business with another system and restored data? Are you depending only on PC based anti-virus to protect your business? IT Xpress can help you with all this and more! Call (336-525-5005) or email ([email protected]) today for your free infrastructure evaluation! We'll propose solutions to keep your business safe and secure!
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  • Another reason to use Google Chrome – and if you have a 64-bit operating system – the 64-bit version of Chrome. The new flash (built into Chrome) is much tougher against hacker attacks…
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  • Still running Windows XP and Microsoft Security Essentials? As of July 15th, MSE will not get any further updates. While we encourage everyone to consider upgrading to Win 7 or better, if you're stuck with WinXP – you can still take steps to stay secure:

    * Apply the Windows XP POS Registry Hack to get Windows Updates until 2019
    * Stop using Internet Explorer – Use Chrome or Firefox instead.
    * Remove Java unless it's absolutely needed
    * Install Bitdefender Free Antivirus – it's still supported.

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  • Still running Windows XP and Microsoft Security Essentials? As of July 15th, MSE will not get any further updates. While we encourage everyone to consider upgrading to Win 7 or better, if you're stuck with WinXP – you can still take steps to stay secure:

    * Apply the Windows XP POS Registry Hack to get Windows Updates until 2019
    * Stop using Internet Explorer – Use Chrome or Firefox instead.
    * Remove Java unless it's absolutely needed
    * Install Bitdefender Free Antivirus – it's still supported.

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