Back Up Your Photos From Your Smartphone - Tablet

Backup smartphone photos

Do not lose your photos that you have taken on your smartphone or tablet - back them up to the internet.

There are enough apps available to ensure that this can occur , you just have to turn them on.

iPhones or iPads 

  • Turn on iCloud - 5 GB of space for free 
  • Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) - 2GB of space for free 
  • Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) - 30GB of space 
  • Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account ) 

Android

  • Install the Google + App ( you need a Google account ) 
  • Install Dropbox App ( sign up for an account ) - 2GB of space for free 
  • Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) - 30GB of space 

Android Instructions:Back up photos from a mobile device

Windows

  • Install OneDrive App ( sign up for an account ) - 30GB of space 

Remember to have a good password and turn on 2 factor authentication 


When Should I Check For Updates On My Windows Computer?

All Windows users should check their Windows Updates on the second wednesday of every month as this is referred to as " Patch Tuesday " in America by Microsoft.

Remember not all updates are done automatically so you need to manually check.

In Windows 8 just look in the control panel and there is a tab for Windows Update and check there.

You can do the same in Windows 7 or just go Start , All Programs , Windows Update.

5 Things You Should Ensure You Do For A Better Computing Experience

One

Do your Windows Updates , yes i know you have automatic turned on but you need to check for  the optional ones on a regular basis. 

You can find Windows Update in the Control Panel of all Windows operating systems

Two

Update your software , Adobe Reader / Adobe Flash and if you use Java , that to. In fact if you can get away with not running Java , uninstall it.

Three

Stop installing drive - by software  , if you are installing a new version of Adobe you don't need the McAfee Security Scanner , take the tick out and just install Adobe.

Four

Stop installing toolbars that may enhance your browsing experience , they won't , and most will install malware in the background  

Five

Do not install any program that promises to speed up your pc , speed up your internet , clean up your pc  . They do not work.

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How To Handle Popups In Safari On A Mac

Do you experience pop up ads in Safari on your mac?

There are 2 things you can do.

First check for " unknown " extensions in Safari by going to Safari - Preferences - Extensions and remove any ones that you do not know.

Next you can run AdwareMedic which can remove malware that maybe installed in Safari , instructions for AdwareMedic is on the site.

TorrentLocker - Ransomware & A Great Travel Site

infected computer

New versions of crypto locker ( Torrent Locker ) are alive and well – I have seen 2 businesses lose everything in the last few weeks – they had no backups

TorrentLocker will install on your computer when you “ click ‘ to open an attachment in an email and it will install and gradually “ encrypt “ EVERYTHING on your hard drive.

You will see instructions about how to get the encryption key if you pay the ransom ( maybe)

What are your options ?

·       Pay the ransom and hope you get the key

·       Restore from backup and wipe your computer

Either way your computer will have to wiped and restored from a known good copy of windows.

To stop it running you should download CryptoPrevent which should stop it running and is currently your best choice.Please note there can be no guarantee on this software.

CryptoPrevent

But Wait There’s More:

There is a new version of malware that will wipe your computer when somebody tries to uninstall it

Rombertik, as the malware has been dubbed by researchers from Cisco Systems' is a piece of software that indiscriminately collects everything a user does on the Web, presumably to obtain login credentials and other sensitive data.

It gets installed when people click on attachments included in malicious e-mails.

Rombertik takes a variety of steps to evade analysis.

It knows when someone or a piece of software is trying to remove it and Rombertik will self-destruct, taking along with it the contents of a victim's hard drive , everything will go

Website Of The Week

Rome2rio.com

Discover how to get from one place to another around the world

Pick any 2 places anywhere in the world to travel to and from 

Rome2Rio will give you results for air travel , train travel , bus travel

  • How long it takes to get there , stopovers , best modes of transport , approximate cost of transport
  • Things to see when you get there and accommodation choices