Beware of Hackers and protect yourself!

Saw this video on The Prionvince’s website. It just reiterates the importance of being safe on the internet.

  1. Use different passwords and if you can’t remember them all consider getting a password manager or do it the old-fashioned way by writing it down and putting it in a safe place.
  2. Don’t open emails with forwards even from friends.
  3. Consider using one computer/laptop ONLY for things like paying bills, checking bank accounts and shopping on secure sites.

 

Delete your Data! Prevent Identity Theft!

Just read an interesting article on CBC.ca – It’s a wake up call for customers who return their computers to anyone to make sure that all their data has be deleted.

For those of you who aren’t sure how your identity can be stolen check out our earlier post and for tips and techniques check out this one

Cheers and be safe

How to protect from Hackers!

Just read this great article in the Globe and Mail - that talks about how even though we may not be large corporations like Sony, Citigroup or the FBI we are all susceptible to hackers online. Part of the issue is that hackers come in different forms and are often sight unseen so it is very hard to spot a hacker.

A hacker could attach a key logging software to something as innocent as a downloadable children’s game and this helps them track the information the user types and also collect user names and passwords. Since our entire lives now seem to be on the Internet we cannot stop using it and neither are we immune to these hackers so here are some tips.

  1. Limit information posted on social networking sites such as FB, twitter and even programs like Foursquare.  The only people who care where you are every minute of the day are predators, hackers and thieves!
  2. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and constantly updating. Word to the wise porn websites and some video downloading websites are LOADED with viruses!
  3. Make sure you uses different passwords for any internet usage and be sure to change them regularly. If you ar elike me and cannot remember more that 3 there are free Password managers out there such as LastPass that will help you generate and remember random passwords.
  4. As mentioned in a previous post - Do Not Click on pop ups or Internet offers that offer you the latest products on the market. These are usually scams and simply a way for hackers and predators to collect information about potential victims.
  5. Some experts even suggest that you donn’t click on links within emails no matter who the person who sent it to you is.
  6. If possible do not use the same computer to pay bills online as well as play computer games or download videos. Part of the problem is that hackers use these innocuous ways to get their software onto your system to track you.

Even with all these safeguards in place there use your common sense online and trust your instincts. Everything on the internet is not true and people need to be aware that there are predators online patiently waiting for their potential victims to play into their hands.

Be careful and safe.

Identity Theft: How is it done?

Saw this great article at Ladner Business Asssociation’s website:

HOW THIEVES GET YOUR IDENTITY:

  • Dumpster Diving—Going through your trash.
  • Skimming—Storing your credit card number in a special storage device when processing your card.
  • Phishing—Pretending to be a financial institution and sending scam alerts to get your personal information.
  • Changing Your Address—Completing a change of address form to get your mail and personal statements.
  • Stealing—Taking your purse, wallet, mail, pre-approved credit cards, new checks, personnel files from work, or tax information.

For tips on how to prevent identity theft check out their article @ LBA’s Identity Theft Weekly Tips

Lost data? Get your computer BACKED UP!

If you fancy yourself a fan of ‘Sex and the City’ (this means you too guys, we know you’ve watched it) then you may remember an unfortunate episode where Carrie gets ‘sad Mac-ed’. In simpler terms, her entire life’s work became trapped inside of a crashed computer–and she wasn’t even aware that backing up her files was an option. If you’re somebody who holds a wealth of important information on your computer let this informative episode be a lesson to you. We suggest you get your computer digitally backed up to ensure you don’t suffer the same unfortunate fate.

Make sure you back up everything important with an online data backup solution. We suggest RapidBackup or similar online backup services that are simple, secure, easy to use and loaded with features such as unlimited storage and global accessibility. The comprehensive system you choose should back up your files as soon as they’re saved so there’s no need to remember to back them up yourself.

Avoid a computer crash catastrophe and make sure your important documents don’t disappear ever!

Welcome to Rapidtech Computer Services Information Page

In true Canadian fashion welcome, bienvenue, namaste, sat sri akal, huān yíng, and bienvenido to our new blog!

Technology is expanding so rapidly these days that we realize that as the ‘experts’ it is our duty to keep you informed and upto date with all that is happening today. Twenty years ago no one had heard of email, facebook, myspace, youtube, linked in, tweeting, internet shopping or virtual identity theft! Today our livelihood and our very lives depend on these ever changing trends.

So here is our promise:- To keep you apprised of changes in technology, product updates, new products and applications that can make you life easier, as well as tips and techniques to protect and safeguard your personal information.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for dropping by. Ciao, sayanora, and auf wiedersehen