Merry Christmas

Holiday Days and Hours Update

The office will be closed from December 22nd until Jan 2nd, although I could be available as early as December 30th. Leaving town for Christmas. Although ALL remote services will still be available. I’m just not taking any jobs that require me “physically” being there, or any equipment/laptop drop-offs. I will however have a computer with me, and will answer all emails and texts, and will be able to perform any remote services, like Windows issues, Website issues, etc. …any of the things I would normally do remotely. So please don’t hesitate to call just because the hours say closed, there was no field to add an explanation on Yelp or Facebook.  FROM EVERYTHING I.T.!

CCleaner Backdoor

BACKDOOR found in CCleaner!

Update, or better yet, uninstall CCLeaner now. In August, there was a backdoor discovered in the free registry cleaner. To read the full article, visit Acronis here: CCleanerBackDoorFound

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Everything I.T. Now Has A HELP Forum!

I get calls all the time from people who have simple questions…How do I do something on Facebook? How do I do something online? What would be the best or cheapest solution to my problem? Etc, etc. Everything I.T. is a business that cares about people. We are a business, yes, but there are many things you just shouldn’t have to pay for, …and general assistance is one of them. We aren’t going to take your money if we can help you save it. There are too many people trying to take every darn penny you earn for stuff that we, as human beings, should do for each other. I see so many places “charging” to support their own customers…people who have already purchased their products, and I for one, find it distasteful and appalling! So Everything I.T. now has a help forum. If you want to ask a question, …

Avoiding Tricky Hidden Viruses

Are you a person who sometimes gets viruses or malware on your computer, and you swear you didn’t install it, but you did, and you can’t figure out how or when it got slipped in there? Well I’m going to show you a common one that people miss. The problem now is, that hackers KNOW that most people select the DEFAULT, QUICK installation when they install things. So they hide them there. The solution? DON’T! Don’t select the default option when installing programs, EVER. Always choose the “ADVANCED” or “CUSTOM” installation when installing things. Always! I guarantee that 90-95% of the time, there is a toolbar, or some additional program installation needing your approval, set up in the default installation, and if you choose default, you “WILL” authorize it’s installation. I’m going to show you a picture, and as I run across other examples, I will come back and add …

Protect, Protect, Backup, Backup, and Protect Yourself!

I was wondering when it would happen…that I would get a call from someone who had their files “ransomed”. What does that mean? Well the newest and greatest form of virus is ransomware…and it’s big business now. And they like to focus on businesses. They know that businesses can not afford to lose their client data…and they bank on that, and they quite often win. Well, it happened today. And I felt bad for the guy. What is ransomware? It’s a virus that installs one (or more) forms of ENCRYPTION on your computer, encrypts ALL your files so that they can not be opened without the decryption key, and it’s VERY effective. Some forms of ransomware can be decrypted, but there are some that can not. If your computer gets ransomed, you have only a couple of choices… 1. Pay the $500 or more to get the key and get …

IoT (internet of things) Security Risks – Cameras

You may have heard that more and more penetrations are coming by way of IoT devices. This may be new and confusing to you, and you may be wondering if this affects you, and how it could affect you. IoT devices are devices that use, and connect to the internet, but because they are more simple in nature, haven’t been considered for security risks. One of the newest ones that has popped up is IP Cameras. An IP camera is a camera that transmits it’s data (images) in DIGITAL format instead of analog. How would you know if you had a digital IP camera? Well, analog cameras connect to recorders with coaxial cables, where digital IP cameras use a standard Ethernet (internet) cable. Here is an example of a digital IP camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79G4InvJX78 .  If you have a newer security system in your home, or especially if  you have a business with …