Category Archives: General

How to lose files with online drives

With increasing use and dependence on online services, it’s tempting to begin using more of their features without mastering details that can result in data loss. Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive offer online “drives” that “save” and … Continue reading

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Windows backup tools

Windows versions 7, 8.1 and 10 have different tools for backing-up files or your entire hard disk. The best backup strategy includes multiple tools backing up to at least two additional hard disks. Add an off-site backup and you’re virtually guaranteed to … Continue reading

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Critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer

U.S. Government recommends that users stop using Internet Explorer until they install Microsoft’s updates. According to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), IE versions 6 through 11 are affected and “could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system.” … Continue reading

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“Heartbleed” causing heartburn!

“Heartbleed” has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Yahoo, Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past … Continue reading

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The Time to Replace Windows XP is NOW!!!

After April 8, 2014 Microsoft will stop providing security updates and technical support for Windows XP and Office 2003. If you do not upgrade to newer versions, your systems could be exploited by malware. Proactive-IT is ready and prefer to … Continue reading

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Logmein Free being discontinued

According to Logmein, users of their free version, software that allows you to remote into a PC located elsewhere, have seven days to upgrade to a premium account beginning the next time they log in. Proactive-IT has good news for … Continue reading

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

While few small businesses or not-for-profit agencies are the planned targets of cyber attacks, too many have fallen victim to attacks aimed at any vulnerable systems that can be reached. StaySafeOnline.org is a valuable resource for information on steps you … Continue reading

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Restore missing start button in Windows 8

If you don’t have the patience to battle the new Windows 8 Metro user interface, and especially if you don’t have a touch screen monitor, run don’t walk to classicshell.net to download and install Classic Shell. Once installed, you can … Continue reading

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Windows backup software alternative

Backup software that works on older versions of Windows doesn’t always work as well, if at all, on newer versions such as Windows 7 and 8. These newer Windows versions include backup software that is certainly good, however there are … Continue reading

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Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus software fails certification

Here’s a link with more info. Don’t be alarmed. Be prepared! Since no antivirus software by itself can keep your PC completely safe, here’s a checklist, courtesy of Steven Boots, MVP. Please let us know if we can help implement … Continue reading

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