9 Mar
2010

Computer Infection Education series II

Spyware

“Software that secretly gathers information about a person or organization.”

This is another very over used term. Spyware is commonly used to refer to any kind of malicious infection or program. In reality, spyware describes a program that will monitor and log information. This can entail logging key strokes and web surfing activity to name a few. For instance, you open your internet browser to check your bank account. The spyware will notice you have navigated to a site like that and will start to watch the keys you press while you log in with your password. This information is then sent to the spyware creator to be exploited later. This can lead to identity theft and loss of money or other assets.

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2 Mar
2010

Netbooks

Today I am going to talk to you about my new favorite toy – the Netbook!

I consider myself to be an average computer user. I don’t do anything high-tech or complicated with my computers – I like to surf the web and find fun new recipes. I read some blogs and chat with my friends using instant messaging programs. I watch videos on YouTube. I check my bank account and pay bills once in awhile. Nothing fancy! For me, it’s just not worth buying a high powered super laptop that can store a million photos and songs and do video editing, I just want to relax and get online!

And that’s why I love my Netbook. They are fast enough and easy to use for the simple tasks that I do every day. They are smaller, less expensive versions of regular full size laptops and generally operate the same way, but have a simpler design. You can easily just open the box, plug it in, and get online.

Things that you should keep in mind when deciding if the Netbook is a good fit for you:

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26 Feb
2010

Computer Infection Education series I

Virus:

“a segment of self-replicating code planted illegally in a computer program, often to damage or shut down a system or network.”

Viruses by definition are simply computer codes that replicate and cause damage. This can entail just about any kind of infection that can be found on a computer. However, this at one time referred to a more simple infection that did only as the definition states. These days there are so many sub-categories that what most customers know as a “virus” doesn’t even truly exist anymore. For instance, it is very rare to see any user created data damaged by an infection. That means the days of having a word document infected by a virus (for example) are gone. Newer infections may damage or alter other files such as windows system files or other start up programs. These are a fraction of cases, and also the hardest to clean by normal methods.

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24 Feb
2010

Computer infection education

There are a lot of terms used loosely when it comes to computer infections. The most commonly used term is Virus. Actually, this is the least found infection these days. Next is the term Spyware, used to describe what actually a wide range of infections is. The next series of articles will take a look at the differences and accurate terminology of computer infections. The first article will be on virus infections.

Here’s  a list of the articles to come in the next few days:

  • Virus
  • Spyware
  • Trojan
  • Rootkit
  • Worms
  • Malware

I hope these articles will help you understand what some of the common computer technology terms really mean to you and to your computer technician. Learning the differences and knowing how they work can help you identify and avoid these threats. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

Brad Button

Florida tax-free weekend

Just a note if you are in the market for a new computer, Florida’s tax-free weekend is happening today through Sunday, [&hellip

Summer is here!

It’s time to check your equipment to make sure your computer is protected from these summer storms and power outages. [&hellip

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