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What Is Smishing (And How To Protect Yourself)

Smishing is a new form of phishing that uses text messaging instead of email. It’s a growing problem worldwide, happening over 30 million times per day! Smishing scammers try to trick you into giving personal information by pretending to be a trusted person or business. They might ask for your name, email address, credit card […]

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Don't let your heart bleed over Heartbleed

It’s a good thing when a technology vulnerability gets enough attention that it is patched quickly and methodically. However, it may also raise undue concern due to its complex nature and variety of headlines that leave us consumers confused and unsure what to do. The context of this article is for you and I as […]

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We have had repeated reports on Netflix iOS apps not working on iOS devices in business networks since the last app update. This turned out to also be a problem in my own home network, where I found a relatively simple workaround: We use dnsmasq as our recursive DNS server in our home network. I […]

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Identity Theft Tactics – be aware and protect yourself

Identity Theft is a horrible experience to go through. Just ask anyone who has been victimized. It can takes many years to arrive at a full recovery. So it makes sense to be vigilant about being a victor instead of a victim, as author Dianne Ojar-Ali alerts us in her book Mrs. Fraud and You. […]

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Avast Antivirus Update Causes POP3 Email Account Logins to Fail

Mar 14, 2013
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For the rare person still using Eudora v7.1 a recent update to Avast Internet Security causes login to POP3 accounts to fail with a bad password message.

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You Can Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for Only $39.99 Before January 31 2013 – Then Pay $199

Jan 28, 2013
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Until January 30th (Thursday!),you can upgrade from any previous version of Windows to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99! After that, you’ll be required to pay $199.

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Easily protect yourself from widget jacking

Do you roam with your laptop? Do you use hotspots or guest wireless networks? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you need to read this. I know what you’re thinking: Another security issue I have to worry about? Everything I’ve done to keep my computer safe still isn’t good enough? Not […]


New law accepts everyday activities

If you’re like most of us, copyright laws are never easy to understand for those of us outside the legal profession. This is why for these topics we turn to the experts who know. David Canton is a business lawyer and trade-mark agent with a practice focusing on technology issues and technology companies. Fortunately, David […]

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The anatomy of a targeted email account hack

“OMG! My email is hacked!” This is a true account of an email hack we’ve just witnessed and helped a client through. It all started with one of our client’s bank account manager calling our client (will call him Bob in this email): Bank: Bob, Happy New Year! We have received an email from your […]


What to do if You Become a Victim of the Canadian Police Enforcement Virus Scam

Over the past couple of weeks, Nerds On Site has had several clients contact us for help in regards to one of the latest virus scams making the rounds – the Canada Police Enforcement Virus. Here’s some information about what it is and what you need to know about how to avoid becoming a victim […]