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CyberSecurity and Managed Services

How can managed services can help with cybersecurity?

Did you know that according to Small Business Trends, 55 percent of survey respondents say their companies have experienced cyberattacks within the last two years? Not only that, 50 percent reported they have experienced data breaches with customer and employee information during that time, too. ...
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Back-to-School Readiness

Is your tech ready?

It’s that time of the year again when we all pause and take a moment to marvel at how quickly this summer has flown by. The beginning of a new school year for Mooresville, Iredell-Statesville, Lincoln, Catawba, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools is right around the corner (Monday, August 28, 2017) ...
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Verizon Data Breach

Protect yourself by changing your pin and password

Verizon has had a data breach resulting in the potential release of 6 million customer records including name, cell number , and pin. Verizon customers should change their pin numbers and passwords. To do this, you need to login to your Verizon account ( https://www.verizonwireless.com/my-verizon/ )...
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Fighting Against Fake Tech Support Scammers

Face-to-Face Relationships Matter

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government went “all in” to try to stop tech support scammers. “Operation Tech Trap” was initiated in the late spring of this year and currently has brought 29 actions, including indictments, guilty pleas, and additional charges, against ...
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Backups

Image backups vs File/Folder backups

While there is no discussion as to whether or not you should backup your data, there is the question of what kind of backup should you do. There are two general kinds of backups: image backups and file/folder backups. An image backup basically creates a mirror image of your computer (operating ...
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New Bricker-bot virus

New virus attacks internet connected devices

Homeland Security has issued a warning about a new virus, Bricker-bot, that attacks unprotected intenet-connected devices like webcams, network repeaters, droids, and such, scrambling their codes and rendering them useless. The infection can penetrate devices that are still using their default ...
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Calling Windows Technical Support (NOT!)

Unsolicited phone calls, popups, and Google Ads manipulation

They’ve been around for a while now, whether they’re calling you to say that they’ve been monitoring viruses emanating from your computer, or they’ve carefully positioned a popup on a hacked website stating that your computer is infected and you have to call the number immediately, or they’re ...
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Virus Alert

Thor is a new Locky Ransomware variant

There’s a new variant of the Locky Ransomware infection onthe loose in the Mooresville and Lake Norman area and it looks like it’s worsethan its predecessor. One of our clients received an email with an attachmentregarding a current project (he thought it was legitimate) – the attachment ...
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Mac OS Sierra Was Released Yesterday With New Features!

Ian's Take on Mac OS Sierra

With the official release of Mac OS Sierra, many users are excited about the ever growing integration between computer and phone. To start, I'll list which devices are compatible:iMac: Late 2009 or newerMacBook: Late 2009 or newerMacBook Air: Late 2010 or newerMacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newerMac mini:...
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Ransomware Infection Hits Denver Client

CEt Technicians Identify CrypMIC

CET technicians have encountered another ransomwareinfection in one of our client’s computers! The CrypMIC virus encrypts all ofyour files (documents, pictures, pdf’s, spreadsheets, etc) and demands a ransompayment to secure a key to unlock them. In our client’s case, it was a ransomof over $2,500! ...
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Peering Into the Near Future

Look forward to new Android and iOS releases

While it seems the second quarter of 2016 has been rather lackluster as far as new phone gear goes, there is much speculation on the software coming out in September of this year. Android N will be making its debut alongside iOS 10. Both manufacturers are making several notable changes to their ...
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Your Worst Computer Nightmare

Hard Drive Failure

Your Worst Computer Nightmare – Hard Drive Failure Too often, we have to tell clients that, unfortunately, we’re unable to recover their pictures and files from a failed hard drive. Although, our data recovery success rate is around 80% and, with our cleanroom partners in the Charlotte area, that ...
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Happy Birthday Speak and Spell!

The Single Chip Development

Thirty-eight yearsago today, Texas Instruments introduced its Speak and Spell. This learning toywhich helped children learned to spell was the first device with a human voicetract electronically encoded on a single silicon chip. Its single chip voicesynthesizer transformed the way the human voice ...
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Antivirus Limitations

"I pay for antivirus! Why did I still get a virus?"

Over the last seven years of repairing and maintaining computers in the Mooresville and Lake Norman area, I have often been asked how viruses can infect computers even when a valid antivirus program is installed. While it may be frustrating, it's not rare to get a virus on a protected computer.In ...
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PC Preventive Maintenance, Part 4

Basic preventive maintenance for your computers hould include completing data and system backups, external cleaning, antivirus definition updates, operating system and software updates, and cleaning out and defragmenting your hard disk drive. Last month we discussed antivirus software and the ...
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PC Preventive Maintenance: “Prevention is better than cure.”

Many of us make resolutions to take better care of ourselves this time of year – we resolve to eat better, to exercise more, and to stress less. We may resolve to take better care of our homes – replacing the gutters or the roof, making much needed repairs to the exterior, or painting that room ...
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Tech Support Scams Continue Into the New Year!

Tech Support Scams have been by far one of the fastest growing malicious attacks to hit computer users in 2015 and they don’t appear to be slowing in 2016. These criminals manufacture authentic looking popups via advertising schemes to scare users into calling an overseas technical support site ...
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Getting a New Computer For Christmas? (Repost from December 2009)

New Computer for Christmas? You’d better watch out. New computers not always best option, experts say.

It’s that time of year again and, very often, a new computer is on someone’s Christmas list, but buying a new computer may simply be a more complicated and expensive issue than you once thought. Perhaps all you really need is an upgrade to your existing machine.The first question you need to ask: ...
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How Managed Services Can Help Your Business Succeed

By definition, managed services is a process whereby a business offloads it’s IT operations to an IT service organization that assumes the responsibility of 24/7 monitoring, managing, troubleshooting, and problems resolution for the IT systems within the business generally on a subscription basis....
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Protecting your children online

Over the last two weeks, we, your computer magicians at CET, have seen several systems infected with viruses due to “tween” sons straying from homework assignments into some of the worst garbage on the internet. It was one of this summer’s biggest news stories that has ultimately resulted in the ‘...
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A Month After Microsoft’s Windows 10 Release

It’s been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10 and we, your PC Magicians at CET, have been pleasantly surprised. Yes, there have been some hiccups but that’s kind of expected with a major operating system release, just ask Apple and all those Mac users to reflect on last year’s Yosemite ...
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Safari Update Scam

There is a new Safari update scam. I was keyed to this when we found an unintended installation of MacKeeper on a Statesville client’s Macbook Air. MacKeeper is generally an intentional installation by a user who doesn’t truly understand the program but this client was steadfast that she had not ...
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Apple Releases Mac OS Updates

If you are a Mac user, you know that to keep your operating system secure, you have to maintain your updates. For July, Apple has released some major operating system updates that you need to install. These updates include security patches for iOS 8.4, OSX Yosemite 10.10.4, and Safari 8.0.7. ...
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It’s Gaming Season in North Carolina!

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Mooresville, and Iredell County schools break for the summer and it’s too hot go go outside around Lake Norman, gaming season is on again – and the scammers know it. Be wary as the scam “free game codes” sites start proliferating across the web. Malwarebytes’ Unpacked led ...
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When Technical Support Goes Wrong!

Today has been really disconcerting because of some of issues we have faced with our industry peers.One of our clients was having Roku issues so she googled for help on the internet where she found a 1-800 number that connected her with an individual overseas. The young man speaking broken English ...
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