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Using a slow computer network can be as boring as watching paint dry. Whether you need to make a video call, play an online game, or watch your favorite Netflix show, a poor network speed will absolutely ruin your overall internet experience. If you have some important business to deal with, it can understandably cause a lot of frustration.

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It has been over a year since you purchased that new computer. The once lightning fast computer is starting to slow down. Tasks are seemingly taking longer and longer. You wonder to yourself, “Will this computer ever run as fast as it once did?” Wonder no more. Here is a list of 10 ways to whip your computer back into shape:

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There were 204 million reported Ransomware attacks in 2018.


In 2019, we are on track to double that number. Protecting yourself is more important than ever. In this article, we will outline a series of best practices. After reading this, you will have a better understanding of ransomware and ways to protect yourself.

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So you asked your child what they want for Christmas and they enthusiastically responded, “A gaming computer!” You don’t know much about what that entails but you are willing to put it on Santa’s list. You have been told by your child that it is not just any computer. It has special attributes built to handle the demands of the gaming experience. Now how do you go about making their dream come true? Can you buy it or should you have it built? What features does it need to have?

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According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in one year people lost 30 million dollars to phishing schemes. It is an important skill to be able to spot a phishing attempt. In this article we will cover what a phishing email is, ways to spot a phishing email, and tools to verify the authenticity of links placed within emails. After reading this article, you will be able to better protect yourself from phishing attempts.

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Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020. This date is rapidly approaching and Microsoft is holding firm (unlike with Windows XP when Microsoft relented and extended support). What does the end of life for Windows 7 mean? What will happen if you continue using 7 after support stops? Should I upgrade my existing computer or purchase new? Is there any other option other than upgrading to Windows 10? With time quickly running out, choosing a path forward can seem very daunting.

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You have probably heard of Virtual Private Networks, commonly abbreviated as VPN(s). There is a lot of conversation about how they help protect your browsing data from being viewed or how using one can make it appear that you are located in another country.
So what is a VPN and how do they work? Should I be using one and, if so, how do I choose the proper one?

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Passwords can be difficult to remember and frustrating when forgotten. It is no wonder why 52% of people use the same password for everything. While reusing passwords may be convenient, it is far from secure. The abundance of site breaches and password leaks from disgruntled employees means reusing your passwords on multiple sites can lead to issues.

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With the amount of data that companies collect and store increasing daily, you may wonder if there will ever be a way to remain protected. Major breaches such as Equifax and Target leaked over two hundred and twenty-six million customers’ information. Staying vigilant and proactive has never been more important.

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The term cloud computing keeps increasing in popularity, with major software and hardware companies offering their own options. But what really is the cloud and who are these solutions best suited for?
First, the term cloud or cloud-hosted is another term for a colocated server or servers clustered together. Companies will either rent or purchase servers that are located within hosting providers or data centers. Some solutions offer more protection than others. Because of this, you will need to do some due diligence on your part to ensure you are protected. Some smaller companies offering solutions could be hosting on a single server while larger companies will distribute between many servers (typically in different regions of the world to offer redundancy).

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