Checking Google Chrome Security

Welcome to another 5-minute tech tip ... fast and easy tech tips for businesses that make your life easier. Really.

Of all the programs you use on your computer, I pretty much guarantee that most of you use your web browser the most. From research to email and social media to cloud programs, backup, storage and more, your web browser gets a work ot during the day.

We all know that good things and not-so-good things can happen when you are browsing the net. From ransomeware to viruses it can be a scary place and it can also be a window into your computer activity. 

Step one - use a secure browser. 

In case you didn't know, we recommend all our clients use Google Chrome. Other than the fact that Chrome is just awesome ... its amazingly secure and that's good for business. 

Check your Google Chrome Security in 4 easy steps:

Google Chrome automatically updates to the latest version every time you start it up, so you can get the most up-to-date security protection without any extra work.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the 3 bars and go to >> Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," adjust your settings:
    • To manage how Chrome handles content and permissions for a site, click Content settings.
    • To delete information from your browsing activity, such as history, cookies, or saved passwords, click Clear browsing data.
    • Uncheck any of the privacy settings boxes you don't want anymore like Autofill passwords and forms. 


Congratulations, you've just given your browser a clean bill of health!



Work Faster: 5 Keyboard Shortcut Keys for your PC

5 Keyboard Shortcuts for your PC

Most of our customers spend more than 6 hours a day sitting in front of a computer.

Over the years we've learned to use keyboard shortcuts to help speed up our work and make navigating our work day a bit easier. Hey - if it can help you shave time off your day and lower your overall frustration level, it's a win. 

Here are 5 keyboard shortcuts for your PC

1) Delete Forever

This is perfect when you know for sure, that's 100% sure, that you can delete a file forever rather than sending it to the trash - where later you will agonize over whether or not you really can delete it. 



2) Close Browser

Need to close your browser in a hurry so your co-worker doesn't see you browsing gossip mags? 

ALT + F4


3) Show Desktop

If you want to quickly access your desktop, without having to minimize a bunch of windows, this tip is for you. Also see #2



4) Find Files Quickly

Need to search all your files to find something? Use this shortcut to quickly open a search that will ease your pain. 



5) Switch Between Open Programs

I personally love this shortcut. I always have a million things open at once. This tip helps you navigate between open programs easily. 



5 Tips to avoid being hit with ransomware

5 tips to avoid being hit with ransomware

The first thing you might be asking is what the heck is ransomware? 

Ransomware is crazy awful malware that affects the files on your hard drive and network drives by encrypting your files. After it installs and migrates through your network, you get a warning on your computer screen and are asked to pay a ransom to receive the key to decrypt your files.

It's one of the worst situations you can find yourself in. Some companies have paid the ransom and gotten their files back. Others paid and their files remained encrypted forever. Your dealing with criminals so it should be of no surprise that they aren't always honest.

Check out this story about the University of Calgary who had to pay $20K to get their files back. 

So if it can happen to the University of Calgary, with their enormous and experienced IT team, it can happen to just about any small to medium sized business. 

Just 2 weeks ago a client of ours was hit with ransomware. Someone opened an email from someone they didn't know, and clicked on an attachment and it was done. Over 75,000 files were encrypted. Thanks to some fancy footwork and good old fashioned reverse hacking, we were able to fix the problem without paying the ransom. It took days to fix the problem and our client was unable to work at full capacity for a week. 

Your best bet is to be prepared and educated. 

Here are 5 Tips to avoid being hit with ransomware:

1) Only open attachments you are expecting:

If you get a strange attachment from a work-related email, delete it. If someone you don't know sends you a file - delete it. Only open files you were expecting. End of story. 

2) Make sure your anti virus is up-to-date:

For that matter make sure everything is up-to-date. 90% of new clients that we visit haven't updated their OS or anti virus software and are open to all kinds of malicious attacks. 

3) Don't do your work logged in as an Admin:

Being the king of the castle is great but if you download a virus when you are logged in as an Admin your entire network and admin rights are at risk and there is little magic left in the universe to fix the situation you will find yourself in. 

4) Train your employees on proper computer use:

Your users can be your weakest link. Education is powerful in helping protect your network. When is the last time your had a lunch-and-learn on computer safety? Do you have a computer use manual?  

5) Segment your network: 

Separate functional areas with a firewall, e.g., the client and server networks, so systems and services can only be accessed if really necessary.

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