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Ransomware Attacks

Users Actively Seeking Out Alternative Antivirus Programs Due to Cyber Threats

Users Look for Better Protection Against Today’s Cyber Threats PC Matic recently conducted a survey, including 500 participants, regarding the impact of recent ransomware and crypto-jacking attacks.  According to the results, approximately 45% of participants have either already switched antivirus providers, or are considering it, due to these growing cyber threats. Of those who participated, …

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Flood of Cyber Attacks Drives Endusers to New Antivirus Solutions

Ransomware Attacks Drive 44.53% of Endusers to Reconsider Their Antivirus Solutions Not only are ransomware attacks taking place daily, but news coverage of these attacks has increased.  Therefore, the public has become more aware of this cyber threat.  The same can be said for another cyber threat, crypto-jacking.  Not long ago, computer users would have …

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PC Matic Antivirus Protection - Server Security Solutions

PC Matic – The Fake Virus Experts

Imagine this alert showing up on your screen.  Scary thought, right? This message, and one’s similar, are intended to scare users and force them into acting promptly by calling the toll-free number listed in the alert to fix the issue identified.  The problem is, these alerts are completely fake.  There is nothing wrong with the computer, therefore …

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Is Your Internet Service Provider Giving You Enough Bandwidth?

Is your internet service provider (ISP) giving you the bandwidth you’re paying for?  How much bandwidth does the average household need?  The use of internet for downloading music and video and other uses has exploded during recent years.  More devices, such as smart TVs,  game consoles and some household appliances are now making use of …

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Microsoft Windows

Windows Operating Systems Life Cycle – End of Extended Support Coming for Another Windows Product

End of Support for Microsoft Windows Products – What does it mean? Windows Operating Systems life cycle report, which Microsoft maintains, provides end-of-support dates for each of Microsoft’s Windows products. Based on the report, support for Windows Vista happens in April of 2017. Source: Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet  – Dec 2016 The life cycle report …

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Cloud Storage

Cloud Based File Synchronization Software – What are you Waiting for?

What is Cloud Based File Synchronization? Cloud based file synchronization represents the storage and access of electronic data or media files via the “Cloud”.  In simpler terms, it just means saving and maintaining your PC files use cloud storage.  Cloud storage is just another way of saying a hard drive found on an internet server.  …

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PCs Installed Base by Manufacturer – Have Brand Loyalty Rules Changed?

Gartner reports that total US shipment of PC were down 6.6% year on year for Q1 of 2016.   Our analysis looks at the brands of the Windows PCs that ran PC Pitstop scans during the past several years.  The PCs installed base analysis reveals that both desktops and portables have shown a consolidation of brand …

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US Geographic Average Home User Download Bandwidth

How fast is your internet download speed? The average US download bandwidth speed for PC Matic home users for 2016 is 22,383 Mbps. Your internet speed affects your browsing habits. Many folks with higher bandwidth rates take it for granted. They stream videos and music, perform quick research and check and interact with their social …

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Solid-State Drives (SSD) Continue to Gain Popularity

The rotating platter hard disk drives (HDD) have been around since the early days of PCs.  Technology improvements are allowing for the improvement of speeds and capacity.  Basically the HDD technology involves a armature that moves across the surface of the platter.  Using magnetism, the drive head reads and writes information to the disk.  SSD …

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64-bit vs. 32-bit Processing Architecture- What does it all mean?

In 1995, Windows 95 operating system came out with 32-bit  as a replacement for the 16-bit processing.  In the early 2000’s Microsoft introduced a version of XP operating system that was designed to run using the Intel Itanium 64-bit processor.  All the versions of Microsoft’s operating systems since then have been available in both 32-bit …

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Internet Safety & Security

80% IT Pros Believe Internet Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

In the wake of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last week on the Internet performance management company, Dyn, we’ve learned of some unsettling security vulnerabilities for millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It was discovered the DDoS attack utilized the Mirai botnet to hack thousands of IoT devices and to take down …

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The Browser Wars – The Search for the Best Browser

It seems that browser wars have been around forever.  During the early 1990’s, the browser of choice was Netscape’s Navigator.   Netscape’s massive successful IPO in 1995 got the attention of Microsoft.  Microsoft began delivering their Internet Explorer bundled with their operating systems.  The browser wars were underway.   Some readers may recall the 1995 battle …

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CD ROM, DVD and Blu-Ray Drives – Has Streaming Doomed Optical Drives into Obsolescence?

Back in the mid-1990, the optical drive was introduced for use in PCs. One of its primary purposes for the CD-ROM player was to replace diskettes for distributing software. It also allowed users to play their audio CDs on their computers. The optical drive quickly caught on quickly. The technology evolved to include CD-ROM writers …

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