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Apple’s Newest (Unreleased) Product Line

Apple, one of the biggest names in the tech-world has officially announced a brand new product line; a rare occurrence for the company, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) goggles of their own called the Vision Pro. Attempting to rival the companies who have been in the VR space for years! – Here’s what you need to […]
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Windows 11

5 Biggest Questions About Windows 11 Answered

Microsoft’s latest operating system is starting to take the world by storm. But before jumping ship and upgrading to the new OS, better read this first. It’s finally here.  After six years, Microsoft has just released the latest version of its operating system — Windows 11. At a time when computers and technology play a […]
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Google Drive – New Features and Name

For the few folks out there that may be unaware or not use Google Drive – this is a software based virtual “drive” associated with your Google / Gmail account (similar to Microsoft’s Onedrive)  You can place any type of file in your Google Drive folder on your computer, and it automatically synchronizes to your […]
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Updates, Recalls, and More

Apple Security. Last week Apple released an important security update to the OSX operating system.  If you use a Mac, you need to get this update installed ASAP.  This follows Apple’s security update to iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) to version 9.3.5, also a security update.  If you have been telling your iOS device ‘later’ […]
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QuickBooks users – update now

A common mantra we have is “update, backup, update, backup”.  If you are a QuickBooks user, today is your day. Intuit has identified and is implementing an update to address a security vulnerability in QuickBooks desktop software.  This does not impact QuickBooks desktop for Mac or QuickBooks Online. Below is an outline of the steps required […]
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QuickTime joins the legacy software list

  A few days ago Apple announced it was officially abandoning support for QuickTime. This affects Windows and Apple users as the software is cross-platform (works on both types of computers). If you have QuickTime installed on your computer, you need to uninstall it. The reason it needs to be removed – there are currently […]
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Windows 10 available July 29th

Just over three years ago the world was introduced to Windows 8, Microsoft’s “next great thing” to help users transition from the idea of the old school desktop into a more universal platform designed to be used in tandem with laptops, tablets, and smart phones.  The public’s general response: we hated it. Overall the system was […]
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Audible coming to Apple CarPlay

  I spend roughly no less than 14 hours a week in my vehicle driving.  With that much time on my hands I greatly enjoy listening to audiobooks. Earlier this year I upgraded my car’s sound system from the stock baseline Toyota radio to the Pioneer Apple CarPlay. The primary goal in this was safety, […]
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Periscope Up – time to get onboard

What is Periscope? Periscope is an instant live streaming app that lets the user broadcast sound and video to the world.  Viewers can type in questions / comments that the broadcaster can then verbally respond to.  From www.periscope.tv/about: “Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s […]
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Today Is World Password Day. You know what to do.

  Today Is World Password Day, So It’s Time to Change Some Settings POLLY MOSENDZ Today is World Password Day, a holiday/public service announcement created to remind millions of internet users to protect themselves online. Created by Intel Security and supported by over 170 organizations, including the likes of Microsoft, Toshiba, and Dell, it asks […]
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DHS warns against using Internet Explorer until bug is patched

Despite some rumors, the vulnerability in Internet Explorer is still active and has not been repaired. US-CERT /DHS are suggesting to all users to use an alternate browser, such as Chrome or Firefox until this issue is resolved. US-CERT http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/222929 DHS warns against using Internet Explorer until bug is patched | PCWorld.
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Microsoft issues a zero-day exploit warning for ALL Internet Explorer versions

Microsoft was scrambling Sunday to repair a security hole in its widely used Internet Explorer Web browser, saying it had detected attempts to exploit the flaw. The US software giant said that the coding problem affected versions six through 11 of its flagship browser, noting it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” taking advantage of […]
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Yahoo.com malware delivered to ‘hundreds of thousands’ of visitors since Dec 30th

Yahoo.com advertising servers were compromised on or about Dec 30th, delivering to anyone that accessed the site malware (viruses, trojans, etc) using an exploit in older versions of JAVA. For more information about the Yahoo.com malware attack: Washington Post article For more information on how to keep your computer protected: Lassen PC Security Tips   […]
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Security Recommendation – MalwareBytes

Due to increased malware / virus / trojan activity, and specifically some ransomeware named Cryptolocker, we are now strongly advising all clients to purchase MalwareBytes Professional for all Windows based computers that attach to your networks. MalwareBytes Professional (at this time) is the only product that is catching and stopping this particularly hideous program. A […]
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Viruses and trojans – how not to get infected

Wednesday October 16th at 3PM PST we will be presenting a live Q&A about the science of viruses, trojans, malware, spyware, rootkits and other nasty beasts.  Central theme will be how to protect a computer from these threats.  You can watch live by going to our site at www.lassenpc.com and enter questions during the presentation. […]
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JAVA Security Alert – Suggested to disable until updated

Due to new found security vulnerabilities in JAVA, and with a patch not coming out until at least this coming Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security along with the majority of anti-virus companies are recommending disabling the software until the security update is available. Apparently the security issue in question makes the web browser vulnerable to virus / trojan infected websites […]
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