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Technology Tips: July 2015 Edition

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Online Storage Options

Pictures, photos, podcasts, videos, documents, music… We require more storage today than ever before. Rather than clogging up hard drives and putting the brakes on device speed, many tech users are turning to online storage as a safe, inexpensive alternative to store their accumulating files. 
Why choose online storage?
Online storage frees your device’s memory and can improve performance. Storing files online is also a reliable disaster recovery plan since you’ll be able to access important information if your computer, tablet, or phone gets lost or damaged. It only takes one time of losing important files to realize just how important a backup plan is!

Here are some online storage options:
Google Drive - 15GB Free
Box - 10GB Free
Drop Box - 2GB Free
OneDrive - 15GB Free
iCloud - 20GB $.99
SugarSync - 100GB $7.49
 Are you a self-diagnosed file-hoarder with a library of information? These providers also offer larger storage options for additional fees. 


Email Safety Tips

Email is a quick, convenient way to communicate, but it also has its risks. Here are five safety tips to keep in mind to keep both you and your device safe from attackers.
  1. Beware of emails requesting personal information. Financial institutions will not request personal information via email.
  2. Don't click on links in your email if you aren't sure where they go. The link may say it connects to one website, but if you hover your mouse over it, you may see it's going to a completely different location. 
  3. If something seems too good to be true, chances are, it is. You can see current scam alerts on the FTC website and can sign up for alerts about scams going around. Check out Scam Alerts for more information.
  4. Make sure you have strong passwords on your email accounts. Also, remember that, like financial institutions, email providers will never ask for your password through email.
  5. Don't open any attachments you aren't expecting. Viruses can be sent through email. When you open the attachment, the virus can infect your computer.


Malware of the Month

Our first featured Malware of the Month is “Adware Generic.”
Adware Generic software installs a program that displays and/or downloads unwanted, privacy-invasive advertisements and toolbars to your device. This type of threat, known as adware, can track your web usage in order to feed you undesired ad pop-ups. It can hijack your browser start or search pages and redirect you to a different site or search engine than the one you intended to land on. Adware Generic is currently ranked No. 1 in the world of online malware.
If your device is infected with Adware Generic, make sure your antivirus software and definitions are up to date. Then research the best tools to clean up your specific system. Your antivirus provider may have recommendations on the best way to remove the adware. There are also several free tools available to help clean up your device such as Ad-Aware, Spybot, and HiJackThis. Be sure to read the instructions of any software you install so you fully understand how it works.

*Adware Generic information courtesy of AVG

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
– Bill Gates

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