Text Message

Alert: Phishing Attacks via Text Message

Today I received a very unusual text message.  In the message, I was notified that my “account” was disabled, and that I should go to the link in the text message to unblock the account.  Just like any email phishing attempt, there are things here that you can decipher to give you clues about the […]

Watch Out for Pokemon Go Scams!

Pokemon Go is seemingly all the rage since it’s release this week, but beware – there is a great risk in spending all your time with this game and losing track of your surroundings in the process. There have been reports of robberies in the St. Louis area, reports of two men falling off a […]

Internet Device

Choosing the right Internet Device for your child

In today’s world, our children are going to be exposed to technology at a much younger age than we were as kids. I remember my daughter as a toddler being given a LeapFrog type system which she loved to play with and did a great job helping her to learn some stories.  While this wasn’t […]

Beware of Phony Tech Support!

Yesterday I received from the North Carolina Department of Justice Alert mailing list a warning — to beware of phony tech support.  The ruse is elaborate and devious, and can cost you hundreds, even thousands, of dollars if you fall victim.  Here’s the email I received: Phony tech support and overpayment: two scams in one […]

Patching

Patching your computer – what’s the big deal?

When it comes to your computer, regardless of the platform, it’s only as good from a security standpoint as it’s latest patch.  Patching your computer is a crucial component to our defense-in-depth policy for staying secure in today’s online environment, so let’s go into greater detail why patching your computer is important. As computer programs […]

Safety 101

Safety 101: How do you make sure your family is safe online?

When it comes to your family and their online safety, there are several things that you should consider. In Safety 101: Making sure your family is safe online, I’m going to explore some important factors that can help your family in their time online. Safety 101 Step 1: Parental Controls The first thing I recommend […]

WordPress

WordPress Security Update to 4.5.3

For all of you that blog, many of you choose WordPress as your platform of choice for your blog.  I run WordPress here at Tech Solutions NC, as well as on my personal blog.  WordPress recently released version 4.5.3 of their software, which takes care of a host of security issues that were exposed in […]

Why having a home firewall isn’t enough security

Why having a home firewall isn’t enough security. By Mike Ellis. Having a firewall for your computer, as discussed in my post on the security settings you need enabled on your computer, is a must for any computer system. However, while having a home firewall is good, it’s not enough security. Today, I’m going to […]