Cryptolocker- Holds your Files for Ransom

CryptoLocker

First there was the FBI virus which pretended you did something illegal and used your webcam to post your face next to a demand for money.  It blocked you from using your PC but there was always a way to circumvent it.  Now there is a new nasty virus called Cryptolocker.  The CryptoLocker virus spreads through phony FedEx and UPS tracking notifications and other emails pretending to come from ...

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Google Encrypts Search

In response to the revelation that the NSA has tapped into Google’s data, Google began encrypting users’ searches.  While this may seem to be a good thing, it means that marketers trying to find out keywords used by their website visitors will now be blocked from that information.  The only people who will have access to the keywords users typed in to a Google search are Google’s paid advertising program users.  This is really Google’s way of getting more people ...

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Windows 8.1 Surprises Features

Windows 8.1 is now available for download.  It contains refinements, new apps and a number of new hidden features. The new features include the ability to boot directly to the desktop (for those who want to bypass the new apps), broadband tethering whereby your laptop can become a Wifi hotspot, share your laptop screen with a conference room projector wirelessly, tap a Windows 8.1 device on a new printer to begin printing without all of the usual setup, the ...

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Hummingbird- Changes to Google Search

As part of it’s efforts to continually improve Google search, Google has released a major update called the Hummingbird.  In the past, Google would look at each word individually.  Now Google will look at the searches as a phrase and try to determine the meaning instead of just looking for the words by themselves.  This is the largest algorithm update since 2001.  Google claims that it will be able to answer questions that don’t have a simple response.

How does this ...

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PC -Tied Licenses

Some of us are getting used to working in the cloud, and some of us still need our premise-based software. Google Drive just isn’t the same as Office, right? Even Office 365, the cloud-based version of Microsoft Office, doesn’t feel right for some of us.

Well, those who love their Word or PowerPoint have a bitter new pill to swallow. Microsoft is now tying software licenses to the PC on which the
software was first installed. Buy a retail license for ...

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The Unbearable Coolness of the New Office

The newest trends in offices are exciting — and some people can’t stand them.

A collection of the coolest and/or most irritating new trends in offices:

  • Touchscreen computers

What could anyone find to complain about in something as totally snazzy as a touchscreen computer?      It’s sort of like manual transmission, in that it’s hard to get used to at  first but then you can hardly stand to be without it. And just as manual  drivers keep putting their foot onto the nonexistent ...

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Windows XP Retiring

With the age of one of the widest used Operating Systems in the world nearing the teens, Microsoft has  finally decided to stop supporting Windows XP in 2014.

What does this mean? There will be no more updates, therefore it could become a big security vulnerability. Now is  the time to upgrade to Windows 7, which has become the new standard replacement for most XP machines. Windows 7 has better security, more enhanced features, and more software compatibility. Some of you ...

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Be Prepared: IT Solutions to Keep Your Business Running

Now that most people are fully back to work after Sandy, it’s important to review or create a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. Previously, some business owners were too busy or said “it can’t happen here”. Now that we have had a 1,000 mile wide storm causing $10-$20 billion in property losses, it is clear that time needs to be invested into researching options. Even if you already had a plan, technology marches on and ...

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What is SEO, Exactly?

At ASIS, we’re happy to provide SEO services — but what exactly does that mean?

SEO stands for search engine optimization. Search engines like Google and bing are the main way people now look for information online. It makes sense to be sure that the search engines can find your website, and that they offer it to the people who are looking for you.

All search engines send robot files called “spiders” out into the web to “crawl” the many, many ...

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Spam Protection

Spam, those unsolicited emails you get asking you to help a Nigerian princess or offering you cheap knock-off pharmaceuticals, uses up a lot of resources. In 2011, an estimated 7 trillion spam emails were sent. While only a small percentage of those emails reach your inbox, most of us receive at least some spam every day. What are the costs?

“The Economics of Spam,” a paper by Justin M. Rao of Microsoft and David H. Reiley of Google, published in ...

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