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How Do I Check for Windows Updates Manually on My PC?

check for windows updates manually

Windows updates are an important part of securing your computer. Updates are released regularly to ensure you’re protected from the latest digital threats. If you don’t have automatic updates installed, you might be wondering how to check for Windows updates manually. How To Check for Windows Updates Manually Checking for security updates is simple. Select the search bar at the bottom left of the computer and type in “check for updates”. The first option should take you right to the Windows Update page if you’re using Windows 10, or the Control Panel for Windows 7. The information displayed on both…

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication

It’s no longer enough to just have secure passwords or a password vault to protect your online accounts. Now days, two factor authentication is implemented on just about every major platform, but you might be wondering, “What is two factor authentication?” What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA)? Two factor authentication requires an account holder to verify their identity by entering two pieces of information instead of one to login to their account. For example, to login to your email, you may be required to enter your password and then also enter a code that was sent via SMS to your…

Phishing for Information – Google Docs Phishing Scam

Phishing Scam

Earlier this month, Google Docs discovered a phishing scam campaign by an unknown organization which affected roughly 1 million accounts. Thankfully it took only an hour after the release of the Google Docs phishing scam to bring it down. Phishing for information via email is just one way hackers try to obtain personal account information. Google Docs Phishing Scam This Google Docs phishing scam came in the form of an email which used data to make you believe that someone you knew had shared a document with you on Google Docs. The hope was that they could get you to…

Wanna Cry Ransomware – The Importance of Installing Updates

Wanna Cry Ransomware

We know it can be a nuisance to come in on a Monday morning only to have to wait for updates to finish installing, but it’s very important to install them in a timely manner. The worldwide release of the Wanna Cry ransomware is the perfect example of why prompt updates are so important. Wanna Cry Ransomware – The Basics This past week, thousands of vulnerable computers fell victim to the Wanna Cry ransomware bug. Imagine turning on your computer only to receive a message that your data is locked up and will only be released by paying a $300…

Technology Privacy Tips – The Glass Room

technology privacy tips

A recent article on Yahoo describes a temporary location that was set up late December in New York to help demonstrate to everyday people what very little privacy they have when it comes to technology. We are surrounded by technology everywhere you turn, and oftentimes we don’t really consider the risks of using this technology. At the end, we’ll give you a few technology privacy tips to help reduce the virtual threats of living in today’s modern world. The Glass Room – Privacy Shock Several artists participated in the Glass Room project. One of the displays entitled “Forgot Your Password?”…

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Tips to Prevent Hacking

Hacking and rumors of hacking have been scattered all over the news and social media since the election came to a conclusion. No matter who you voted for, hacking is a legitimate concern for every individual or business plugged into the internet or other network. To top it off, there’s been a new wave of fake Amazon delivery emails going out which can increase your risks of being hacked (or scammed!) Here are some basic tips to prevent hacking: Four Tips to Prevent Hacking Use advanced passwords and 2-step authentication-– This is a no-brainer but one that is commonly overlooked….

I Forgot My Wi-Fi Password – Wi-Fi Password Retrieval

Wi-fi password retrieval

If you’ve forgotten or don’t know your Wi-Fi password but are needing to add a device to the wireless network, don’t panic just yet. There are two easy ways for Wi-Fi password retrieval that might help and don’t require you to make any phone calls. Wi-Fi Password Retrieval Like most people, you may not have ever changed the super long default password that came with your router. If the password has never been changed, Wi-Fi password retrieval is easy because it’s typically found on the side of the router. If it isn’t there, it’s likely in the documentation that came…

Keep Your Data Safe – 9 Password Security Tips

Password Security Tips

A recent BuzzFeed News article was recently released advising everyone who had a Dropbox account in mid-2012 to change their passwords immediately due to a hacker security breach. Hackers often publish information publically or sell the information on the black market, so it’s important to take steps to protect your accounts. Here are 10 password security tips to help keep your data safe. 9 Password Security Tips to Keep Your Data Safe Choose strong passwords. For help on how to create strong and memorable passwords, check out this blog post. Change your passwords often. Set up reminders and don’t repeat…

Company Wellness Programs Increase Employee Productivity with Gym Membership Benefits

Increase employee productivity with gym membership benefits

Happy employees make happy customers, but how do you make happy employees? Sometimes the answer doesn’t have to cost the company a lot of dollars per employee. Some studies are finding that you can make a happier workforce and increase employee productivity with gym membership benefits under what’s being dubbed as “Company Wellness Programs”. Proven “ROI” is estimated to be around $3 for every $1 spent on company wellness programs, and according to this article, one study showed an average savings of $650 per employee! (Here’s another article about a company who used a company wellness program to increase employee…

Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade July 29, 2016

Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade

If you’re one of those people who has been clicking the obnoxious update window at the bottom right of your screen closed each time it pops up, you need to know that the deadline for the Free Windows 10 upgrade is fast-approaching. Once the deadline passes, you’ll no longer have access to the free operating system upgrade and important future security updates. Download before the Deadline for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade We know it’s inconvenient, but if you’re running a Windows operating system that qualifies, just take the time needed to download and install the upgrade before the deadline…