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Back to School Special: The Award Winning Vipre Anti Virus

Virus prevention that won’t slow you down. VIPRE Antivirus 2013 is the all-in-one security solution that protects against identity thieves, spammers, hackers and cybercriminals to keep your PC safe without impacting performance.

Removable device scanning
Scans USB flash drives and other removable drives and files for threats automatically when plugged or inserted into your PC.
Real-time monitoring and protection
Leverages multiple detection methods to monitor and protect against web threats, including zero-day threats, in real time.
Email virus protection
Protects against email viruses in Outlook, Outlook Express,
Windows Mail and any email program using POP3 and SMTP.

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Internet Connectivity – Prepare for Trouble

no_internet_access Most ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) list their Technical Support phone numbers on their website (You may have to dig and hunt around for it). Write it down somewhere handy (We have ours on a cork message board in our office with other important numbers and other emergency/critical numbers and account info).

Also it is a great idea to also have your routers model and serial number written down as well for when you call for Tech Support.

Having this documentation for your router handy will make the Tech Support call process smoother.

 

 

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Online Privacy – Ways to Keep your Searches Private

spamAll major search engines claim that they need to retain personal data, in part, to provide better services and improving results, while also taking countermeasures against web nuisances like click fraud and search poisoning (using elaborate SEO techniques to rank up scam websites on search engine indexes). Even if you trust that search companies will take your privacy seriously, there are various things you can do to adopt safe browsing habits and help protect your privacy.

If you are looking to attain utmost privacy while browsing the Web, you must first acknowledge that even the most basic and ubiquitous of tools like search engines tend to collect a ton of data every time you use them. Often this recorded information is like a puzzle comprising of IP addresses, search logs, and other data that needs to be connected before anything can truly be revealed about you. But this glimpse into your online habits combined with personal and sensitive information you may have shared with third party sites — banking information, credit cards, addresses or possibly phone numbers — could potentially expose you to identity theft and other privacy invasions.

 

Avoid Browser Toolbars – Besides clogging your browser’s user interface, toolbars may permit the collection of information about your web surfing habits. Watch out for inadvertently installed toolbars when installing free software that you are not particularly familiar with. It’s also a good idea to stay away from your ISP’s search engines, like search.comcast.net or search.aol.com, as they might be able to link your identity to your searches. Tool bars can also open the door for malware such as browser hijacking, key loggers and more…

 

Clear Web History  – Google has a feature called Web History that automatically saves all of your Internet searches when logged onto any of their services — Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Docs and so on. The company does not use this data to target ads — that’s stored on Google’s server logs which are anonymized after nine months. But your Web History is retained forever unless you turn it off or manually delete the contents. To do this simply head to the Web History option, click “Remove items” on the left pane and then “Clear entire Web History” on the right. You can also choose to remove individual items. If you aren’t signed in to a Google Account, your search experience will still be customized based on past search information linked to a cookie on your browser. To disable this you have to search for something first, click “Web History” in the top right corner of the results page, and choose to disable customizations.

Bing saves your search history for four weeks and displays it on the site using a cookie stored in your browser. You’ll see a “History” link on the left pane to access this feature, where you can turn it off, clear your entire history, or remove items individually — pretty straightforward. For its part, Yahoo offers a feature called “Search Pad” that doesn’t specifically save your past searches but rather the results you click on after a search.

To disable Search Pad for your current session simply use the Turn Off option from the pull down menu in the Search Pad application that sits on the left side of your screen after you conduct a search. To disable it permanently, click the Options link within any search results page and select preferences from the pull down, look for the Search Pad section and click Edit, then select Off and hit save. Search Pad is actually useful when researching a topic online, as it keeps track of the sites you’ve visited and lets you take notes. Furthermore, your history is cleared when you sign out or close the browser.

 

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Streaming Media Part Two :The Players, Appliances and Boxes

ImageStreaming media has exploded in popularity in the past several years, consumer demand has been increasing for devices that allow people to watch streaming Internet content more easily from their televisions. Part of your decision should rest on which streaming media services you’re interested in using (Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu etc..)  The Streaming media appliances are straightforward streaming media consoles. The function of these devices is to simply stream media,  The most popular console in this category is the Roku, the first player to work with the Netflix streaming service. It has since come out with more advanced models and offers an array of streaming services in addition to Netflix.

Roku –  Cost is around $110 The Roku is the top dog of the streaming Media appliance market and features More than 750 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, and Vudu. Roku also has a search feature which scans several major TV networks for programming.

Apple TV –  Cost is around $100 and if you are already invested in I-Tunes then Apple TV is the way to go. It lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud.  Services such as Hulu, Netflix and Major League Baseball are available.

WD TV – Cost is around $90 Has built-in Wi-Fi. Its broad selection of streaming services includes Spotify, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu.

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Watching TV Isn’t the Same Now the Internet is on the Scene

STREAMING_VIDEO_PERRY_HALL_PC_REPAIROnce upon a time when watching TV you only had a choice of a handful of channels. With the advent of cable and Satellite your option increased and varied according to the package you subscribed to.  There is a new player in town – the Internet.  Viewing programs and movies via the Internet is called streaming.  One of the great things about streaming is the fact that it is On Demand meaning you can watch what you want when you want. Many broadcast networks like FOX, CBS, NBC offer their programming for streaming on their website.

Other Options

  1. Hulu –  Offers a large variety of free content such as movies and TV shows in standard definition. The subscription service runs $8 per month allows a greater variety of TV shows and movies streamed to you computer in High Definition and is also available on your Ipad.
  2. Netflix – The DVD rental pioneer has a streaming video service that for $8 per month you have access to over 20,000 movies streamed to your computer or a streaming video appliance such as a Roku Box, or a Netflix enabled Blu Ray, DVD player or gaming console such as the PlayStation 3, or Xbox.
  3. Vudu – Vudu is a part of the WalMart empire has movies available a la carte for as little as .99 each and up to $6 for current releases. You also have the option of purchasing a digital copy of the movie.
  4. Amazon – The worlds #1 online retailer has 6,000 movies available a la carte or included as part of it’s Amazon Prime membership $79 per year it also included free two day shipping and next day shipping discounts.

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