Why should I use a banking app instead of logging into my bank account… which one would be more secure?

With today’s mobile devices offering us more convenience and functionality than ever, what is the safest way to access banking on the go?

 

This article, published in the Guardian online, takes a look at this question and makes for an interesting read:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2017/jun/22/is-it-safer-to-use-an-app-or-a-browser-for-banking

 

How are you backing up your data?

Cloud?
Backup disk?
NAS?
Backing up data is probably the most important thing you can do when considering IT maintenance.
You may get a virus. Your computer may explode, get stolen or be misplaced!
Working backwards from that disaster is really worth thinking about.
The very knowledgeable Jack Schofield (the guardian online) wrote an extremely useful article last month.
It’s worth a read!

Ransomware – tips to avoid it…

There has been a lot of news about Wannacry and its effect on companies globally. Ransomware is a huge business for cyber criminals and we are no longer facing lone hackers in basements, these are groups of organised attackers. We can provide help with protecting your system if you contact us, but as a starting point, follow these tips to stay safe from ransomware. There are 6 good tips in the following article and remember Backup, Backup, Backup….. and Patch (Windows Update).

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/93214726/6-ways-to-avoid-ransomware-and-other-ploys

If you are interested in more detail on where it all started and the different strains of ransomware, then please read the following:

https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/what-is-ransomware-protection/ (and this will really make you backup your system).

How to avoid the Google Docs phishing attack and what to do if you’re a victim…

Google customers have been targeted with a scam that allows hackers access to the contents of emails, contact lists and online documents. Don’t get caught… click on the link below to learn more:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/05/04/avoid-google-docs-phishing-attack/

Published on The Telegraph website: 4 May 2017

Cross device syncing for Chrome…

Have you ever wanted to access your Chrome browser history and recently closed tabs that you’d been using on your laptop or desktop when you’re out and about on your mobile? Well, here’s how… simply click on the link below:

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-manage-cross-device-syncing-in-chrome/

 

What is a VPN connection and should I use one?

With the need for data protection increasingly hitting the headlines these days, one way to secure your privacy online is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). In recent years, VPN’s have become the go-to method for providing businesses with a solution for data security and remote flexibility.

To learn more about the value of using a VPN, please click on the link below:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/internet/best-vpns-2017-3641578/

A couple of useful tips for Windows 10…

Windows 10 has been around for a year and a half now and there are many tips for using this operating system effectively. Two of the more underused but very handy tips are:

Virtual desktops, this means, for example, that you can keep your work desktop separate from your entertainment one. Shortcuts for working with Virtual desktops are:

  • Open task view – Windows button + tab
  • New desktop – Windows button + ctrl + D
  • To scroll through Virtual desktops – Windows button + ctrl + right/left
  • Close the current desktop – Windows button + ctrl + F4

The next handy tool is Snap Assist. Windows snapping was introduced in Windows 7 but has been enhanced in Windows 10. This means that you can have windows taking up a quarter of the screen, as well as half, and with the Snap Assist tool, you can get thumbnails of the other windows open when you leave a blank space on the desktop when snapping a window to an area. The shortcut for Snapping windows is:

  • Windows key + left or right arrow keys

For other handy tips please read:  http://www.guidingtech.com/64035/windows-10-tips-tricks/

When was the last time you backed up your computer… do you know?

Important… don’t wait for data loss to happen before realising what you’re missing!

Data backup is still the number one thing on ITGUY’s mind when looking to support any of our clients. Don’t get caught out. It doesn’t take long – you will thank yourself when the inevitable (and it is inevitable) happens… the computer dies or gets stolen or even worse gets infected with ransomware and is encrypted.

What can you do?

The following link shows you some of the basics about backing up to a USB disk:
http://www.wikihow.com/Back-up-a-Computer

Take a look at getting some cloud storage space with a well-known company… here are some options:

Google Drive
www.google.com/drive

Dropbox
www.dropbox.com

One Drive
https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/

Alternatively, consider a total system from a company like:

CrashPlan
www.crashplan.com

or Carbonite
https://www.carbonite.com/

This is definitely one situation where prevention is better than cure!

Don’t get caught out… two-step verification is the way to go!

In the fight against cybercrime, the weakest link in the security chain is typically the password: for your email account, website login or a subscription service.
For example, no matter how memorable, Tiddles1 is very easy to guess! But even if you use a more complex password like fsydhUUT91!!$, it is still a single point of failure. If your machine is stolen, or you are hoodwinked into disclosing your password, you are in trouble.
Both Microsoft and Google, amongst others, offer a simple second layer to help keep you safe.
It’s called two-step or two-factor authentication. In essence, you are prompted (periodically, not each time) to enter a second code which is uniquely linked to your account. Typically this code is sent as a text message or better still, from an installed app on your phone. It is quick and easy to do, and may ultimately save you much hassle and heartache! Take a look at the links below and see for yourself…
Microsoft implementation is found here:
Google’s is here:

Is Big Brother Watching You?

This week WikiLeaks published information about hacking tools the CIA use on phones, TV’s and of course computers.

So, if you think your TV is listening to you, it could well be!

Click the link to learn more… http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39203724

Published on the BBC Technology website: 8 March 2017