Holiday Hacking Season

The holidays are upon us: festive lights, holiday music, pine trees, tinsel, and computer hacks. Yes, you heard that right. While it might be the holiday season, it’s also hacking season. Hacking jumps around this time of the year. Why? Well, for several reasons. From the purchase of brand new electronics to buying more items (often with brand new online companies) for gifts, if you are not careful, you may find yourself in less than the holiday spirit. In fact, it can take all the cheer out of your sails as you’re without money for gifts and stuck dealing with credit and debit companies trying to freeze accounts, stop illegal purchases, and even repair your credit score.

2020 has already been a headache; you need to do what you can to avoid making it any worse. By avoiding the holiday hacking season, you can do exactly this. How can you avoid exposure to Internet criminals? Following these tips on how to protect yourself during the holiday hacking season will go a long way to do exactly that.

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How to Extend Laptop Battery Life

It’s happened to us all. We’re in the middle of working on a project, there’s no power outlet anywhere, and the computer’s battery power indicator has gone from black to red. You know you can make it. At least you’re pretty sure. So you fly across the keyboard as fast as your fingers will let you. The finish line is right there. You just need a few more minutes–and the computer dies. A few years ago, your laptop would have been able to last, but now, your computer just cannot hold the same kind of charge.

Of course, modern laptops don’t let you simply swap out the dead battery and insert a new one. If you want a new battery, you need to take it into a repair shop and drop money on a repair you could have done not long ago. Once your battery life begins to dwindle, you can’t get that lost time back. However, it is possible to extend your laptop battery life to squeeze every second possible out of it. Here are our suggestions for how to extend laptop battery life.

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Common Password Mistakes

Passwords. Sometimes it feels like we live and die by them. From our social media accounts to emails, turning on computers, music apps, and everything else in between requires some sort of a password. It’s enough to make your head spin. And this doesn’t even count the passwords required for financial documentation online, work, or credit card profiles.

Passwords function as your first line of defense against online hackers and cybercriminals, and yet, if you’re not careful, you may make it all too easy for the criminal to guess the password and use it to their advantage. How can you avoid something like this? Here are the most common password mistakes you must stop making immediately.

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As a small business, you know the risks. You know the risks of what might happen should someone get food poisoning in your restaurant or injure themselves using a product you manufacturer. But do you know the true cost of cyberattacks on your small business?

If an outside threat was to make its way onto your network and begin pulling critical information, what would that cost you? Do you have a ballpark estimate? Probably not. Don’t worry, though; you’re not alone. Most small businesses are in a similar situation as you. That doesn’t mean you should sit on your hands and just find out when you find out. Here’s what you need to know about the cost of cyberattacks. (more…)

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why is my computer running so slow

There’s nothing like opening up the box of a brand new computer. It comes out shiny and sleek. It feels smaller than whatever you were using in the past, and when you turn it on, it feels almost instant. It’s truly amazing how brand new technology can put the old tech to shame. And yet, after a few months, you start to see cracks in the armor. It’s no longer running as quickly as it did fresh out the box. It takes a few moments longer to load a website, or it takes a couple of added seconds to finish booting up when starting it. You may not realize it’s doing this until one day, it is painfully slow, and you’re not even sure why. (more…)

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