SSL for Secure Web Browsing

Phishing is one of the fastest growing threats on the internet and has become popular among hackers due to its effective method to get access to confidential user information. SSL, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer, is the standard base for implementing a secure and encrypted link between devices. The importance of SSL is that information you send on the internet is sent between computer to computer until it arrives to its destination server. SSL ensures that all data transferred between the web server and browser remains confidential. This popular method of encryption is used by millions of websites in order to protect online transactions.

How can you tell if a website SSL Certified?
Before giving your information to a website you should always check to make sure it is secure. A method of doing that is to check the SSL Certificate. If the url of a website begins with “https” instead of “http” then it means the site is using a secured SSL certificate.

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Spotting a Suspicious Email

A cyber criminal can send fake emails that appear to be coming from someone you know. These suspicious emails that may look like they are from a valid sender are known as phishing expedition attacks. Victims from these so called “phishing expedition” attacks are tricked into giving out personal information or accessing malicious websites that can infect their devices.

So how do you prevent a phishing expedition attack? If you recieve a suspicious email requesting for important information you should always verify the message for authenticity. For best security practices, if the message appears to be suspicious you should give a call to that person to verify it was them who actually sent it. Banks or investment companies will never ask for sensitive information via email.

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How to Repair Microsoft Office

 

Is your Microsoft Office program giving you trouble? Whenever a faulty driver, incompatible software or corrupted file occurs within a Microsoft Office program it causes the application to shut down or crash until you resolve the root cause of the issue.

In which case, an Office 365 application is corrupt or missing you can try to run it using safe mode. What safe mode does is that it disables add-ins, prevents faulty drivers and incompatible software from loading.

To run a Microsoft office application in safe mode:
1. Press Windows Key + R simultatneously. A run dialog box will open to where you can input the following commands.
2. Use any of the following commands to run an office program in Safe Mode:
winword /safe
excel /safe
powerpoint /safe
mspub /safe
visio /safe

While this may act as a short-term repair method, it allows you to gain access to an Office application to disable add-ins that may affect Microsoft Office.

Running an office repair installation can assist in fixing missing or corrupted components.

To run a office repair installation:
1. Press Windows Key + X.
2. Select Programs and Features.
3. Scroll down and select Microsoft Office 365.
4. Right-click the program entry; choose Repair.

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5 Tips for Computer Cleanup

Is your computer running slow, out of space, or cluttered with apps and junk files you don’t use? It might be time for a computer cleanup. A digital cleanup can assist you computer in performance and responsiveness. Some tips to increase performance and enhance your computer include:

1. Remove Old Files & Programs
As your PC ages, the hard drive may begin to fill up lose space and possibly run slower. Removing old programs helps to free up space. Programs can be removed in the Windows Add or Remove Programs application. Another place to check is your temporary files or download folder. Typically these folders are filled with duplicate files, installer applications and files that are no longer being used. Its good practice to access these folders and remove files that are no longer needed.

2. Defragment your Hard Drive
By defragementing your computer the operating system removes gaps in the data of your hard drive, moving them closer to the middle of the disc. This in turn makes the hard drive quicker and increases the performance of your computer. Although, it is an important reminder that this type of technology does not apply to SSD drives.

3. Remove Programs from Startup
To increase performance another method can be to remove programs used during startup. This can be done in the task manager.

From the task manager you can disable any apps that are programmed to run upon startup. By disabling certain applications from booting it can increase the performance.

4. Cleaning your Desktop
Its always great to have shortcuts. They provide convenience in event you would like to locate a file. Although, one of the simplest methods to clean your computer is by removing files from your desktop. Creating folders and allocating files into them can immediately reduce the amount of clutter on your desktop.

5. Recycle
Emptying your trash bin removes files that are no longer needed. While deleting files from your recycling may permanently remove the files from your computer, it provides the hard drive with more space. If there is more items in the recycling bin it could mean there is a large amount of memory space waiting to be freed up.

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