Category Archives: Security

Viruses, Spyware, and Malware: What’s the Difference?

As we've said all too many times, you absolutely need antivirus protection for your computers and other devices. But when we say that, we're not talking about a program that does nothing but protect against computer viruses. A proper antivirus recognizes and defends against any kind of software that's designed with malicious intent, not just viruses. That's what we're advising when we exhort you to install an antivirus. The vast majority of malicious programs aren't viruses, however. Why? Because malware coders want to make money, and it's h...

Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft has announced that the next big release to its desktop operating system is called Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Microsoft doesn’t want a repeat of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update debacle and as a result, the next big update will begin rolling out to advanced users or seekers in May 2019. Windows 10 May 2019 Update will introduce several new features and it will also revamp the Windows Update mechanism to avoid unexpected problems. Windows 10 May 2019 Update makes several changes to the Windows Update settings to put more power i...

Preventing Ransomware

In the real world, kidnapping is a risky crime-getting paid usually means getting caught. In the digital world, however, demanding ransom for data, or ransomware, is an escalating epidemic, a popular crime which is leaving many businesses and consumers at risk of losing data. One small company in New England—a retailer with some two-dozen employees—learned that the hard way. A click-happy employee ended up infecting one system with a prevalent threat known as CryptoWall, according to the company’s co-owner, John, who asked that his rea...
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