Scam Alert Ransomware Threat Demands PC Users Pay Or Else
threat previously seen mostly in Eastern Europe has recently hit the United
States. Known as ransomware, the scheme is essentially online extortion that
involves infecting a user's computer with a virus that locks it. Users are
told that the only way to get their machines back is to pay a steep fee
usually a few hundred dollars.
Security researchers estimate that about three percent of compromised
computer owners fall for the scheme and pay. Why? They act impulsively due to
fear and panic. These cybercriminals flash messages claiming to be from local
law enforcement agencies accusing users of visiting illegal pornography,
gambling, or piracy sites. Users may also be told that if they attempt to
unlock the computer on their own, it will lead to the deletion of all files,
videos, photos, and documents.
Victims' computers most often become infected with ransomware after people
visit compromised websites that download the program to their machines
without so much as a click. Security experts warn to NEVER PAY THE RANSOM;
you'll lose your money and probably get nothing in return. If you do fall
prey to ransomware, a number of legitimate security vendors offer solutions
for unlocking machines. Talk to a local computer technician you trust for
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Internet Speed Tests Explained
Have you ever
wondered if you are getting the Internet speeds that you are paying for? A
simple speed test is a good way to find out. You can click here to watch a
video made by me on running a speed test. In the video I show you how to run
a speed test from Speedtest.net. You have the results, now what? You may not
even know what speed you are subscribed to. Most of our customers fall into
one of three plans 6 Mb down 1 Mb up, 10 Mb down 1 Mb up and 15 Mb down 1
Mb up. Your download speed should be within +/- 5% of your subscribed
download speed and your upload should be between 0.8 and 1.0 Mb. We do have
other speed plans, but they are not as common.
What factors adversely affect speed test results?
1. Distance: A speed test measures the time it
takes for your computer to download and upload a file to the speed test
server. When measuring download speeds, the speed test server takes this file
and breaks it into many smaller pieces called packets. It then sends a packet
to your computer and your computer replies with another packet acknowledging
receipt and integrity. The speed test server then sends the next packet.
However, if a packet is corrupt, your computer requests a resend causing a
delay. Besides the physical length that the packet must travel, it must also
pass through routers. A router will examine the packet and determine where it
needs to go to next. This process takes some time. Generally, the further the
packet must travel the more routers it must pass through. Additionally a town
that is geographically close like St. George UT might not be close in the
data world. A typical connection to St. George would be Moapa Valley Las
Vegas- Los Angeles San Francisco Reno Salt Lake St. George. We
suggest that you test either to our speed test server in Overton or to
Reliance Connects server in Mesquite.
2. Congestion in your ISP's network. At MVT
Broadband, our network has extra capacity and this is generally not an issue.
3. Congestion on the far end. This is not as
big of a problem as it used to be, but the Las Vegas speedtest.net server is
a prime example of congestion. In the afternoons and evenings, this site
usually does not work because of congestion and overloading.
4. Other devices in your home using your
connection at the time you are running the speed test.
5. Your individual connection is not performing
the way that it should. If you suspect that this is the case call us at
397-2601 our click here to send me an
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Go Pinterest-ing! Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ In The World Of Computers, What's A
Question: I'm familiar with the kind of cookie that
tracks user preferences and browsing histories. But what's a supercookie?
Answer: Yes, there are many more kinds of cookies these days than
chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin. As you correctly stated, a regular cookie
is a bit of text stored on your browser that tracks user preferences and
browsing histories. Cookies enable websites to "remember"
information about you such as your name, preferences, and shopping basket
Recently, some major online properties have been identified as using
supercookies, also known as "Flash cookies" and "zombie
cookies." Supercookies serve the same basic purpose as regular cookies
but are stored in different locations on a user's machine for example, in a
file used by a plug-in such as Flash. This makes them harder to find and
delete, especially since a browser's built-in cookie detection process won't
remove them. Furthermore, some supercookies have additional capabilities,
like regenerating regular cookies to prevent their removal by the user.
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Sites Of The Month Great Sites To Check Out In February
Go Red For Women
is American Heart Month and 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Go Red
for Women program. Check out this site to learn about heart disease, know
the risk factors, and get heart-healthy recipes.
Learn From The Best
www.ted.com TED originally
stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its
scope. It features riveting talks by remarkable people (some now famous and
others who may be famous someday). You're sure to gain information and
Quirky Consumer Content
consumers and companies interact, strange and sometimes funny things can
happen like the Nebraska man who drove all the way into a pizzeria and
then calmly ordered a pizza. If you're looking for fun fodder for
conversation, look here.
Discounts Are Housed In This Cabin
find a comprehensive collection of coupon codes, printable coupons,
freebies, and other great deals at this bargain-lovers site. Whatever
you're getting ready to buy, it's worth stopping here first to see what you
might be able to save.
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Two To View A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
Bears At Play
A couple of curious and energetic youngsters explore the outdoors while
their concerned mother keeps her watchful eye on them. You'll be able to
relate to the family dynamics in this adorable polar bear video.
McDonald's Photo Shoot
Ever wondered why the burger in a McDonald's ad looks different from the
one you're eating for lunch? It's because the photographed burger has been
primped for the camera by food stylists, as shown in this behind-the-scenes
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Short Tutorial How To Edit Your Facebook Timeline Cover
On your Facebook
timeline, your small profile picture is the picture that friends see next to
your name everywhere on Facebook. Your cover photo, by contrast, is the large
horizontal image at the top that offers an opportunity for you to feature an
image that represents who you are or what you care about. For example, you
might use a cover photo of a ski slope if you're a skier.
To keep your timeline fresh and interesting, it's a good idea to replace your
cover photo regularly. Here's how to do it:
1. Log in to your Facebook account and go to
2. Hover over your cover photo.
3. Click "Change Cover" at the
bottom-right of your cover photo.
4. Pick one of the options from the pop-up
menu. "Choose from Photos" lets you pick a photo from Facebook, and
"Upload Photo" lets you select a photo stored on your hard drive.
You also have the option to Reposition or Remove your cover photo.
5. Make your photo selections and save your
The best Facebook
cover photos tend to be original images that you took or created yourself.
But if you'd rather get some help, a wide selection of Facebook cover
template images are available online at stock photo sites.
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