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iPhone – Make a Mistake… Just shake it

New to iPhone, made a mistake typing, deleting, cutting, or pasting and wondering how to undo it? While you might have already figured this out through unbridled frustration. If you’ve been editing some text and you either typed the wrong thing, deleted more than you intended to, or cut, copy, or pasted yourself into error-land, here’s what you do:

Hold you iPhone firmly in one hand

Shake it (Really)

Tap the Undo button to confim

You’re done!

Apple has built “shake to undo” into the iPhone since iOS 3 and it works really well.

  • 03/25/2013
  • IT

Staying safe and minimizing risk while using social media

Do your friends make questionable decisions on social media? Yes, because many of our friends actually help scammers share their message, many because they are not well-informed. But just in case you’re in any doubt about how important it is to proceed with caution on social media, consider these three factors:

  1. The web is a dangerous place: The security company Sucuri scanned about 10 million websites and found 26% of them were compromised (hosting malicious injections or otherwise blacklisted).
  2. People are sharing more personal data than ever: That’s not just a hunch, that was the finding of a seven-year study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University: Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook.
  3. Consumers are not the only victims: Criminals conducting cyber attacks against companies are finding social media a great resource (there are several social media attack scenarios in the recently published Trustwave 2013 Global Security Report).

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Three suggestions for 2013

The new year has begun, and we have three suggestions for improving the quality of your computing life in 2013.

1. Backup often and in the cloud: Consider the consequences if all your data… Word files, Music or Photo library, Quicken/Quickbooks data, and everything else, were to just disappear. It’s a scary thought, but it happens to the unprepared all too often. Make 2013 the year to get you backup in order and configure it to archive your most important files and folders automatically. A whole-system local backup is very important, too. But the cloud-based approach to backing up protects you from disasters like fire, flood, theft, and virus infestations. Don’t wait another year to safeguard your data.

2. Look before you click: Watch out for fake download buttons,toolbars and other junk-ware. Users get into trouble with these things all the time because they click without thinking. Before clicking anything that’s unfamiliar, take a second or even ten, and look more closely at the link. A little bit of precaution can save you from hassles, and even disasters.

3. Keep it clean: Dust can kill a computer, clogging it and causing everything to overheat, with potentially disastrous results. When you have pets their hair can exacerbate the situation even further. So, schedule regular cleaning sessions where you use a can of compressed air to blow dust and pet hair off your cooling-fan blades and out of your case.

Remember BWS Technologies is always available to assist you. 
Call us at 334-358-6305 or email us support@bwsit.com

Adapted from article from CIO

  • 01/11/2013
  • IT

Turn off Java for security reasons

Is Java turned on in your web browser? If your answer is “Yes” or “I’m not sure” then it’s time to take action. Right now, cyber-criminals are aware and exploiting serious security flaws in Java that could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware.
The best advice we can give you is to disable Java.

Here are some simple instructions for users of the most popular browsers, explaining how Java can be disabled:

http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml

So, what are you waiting for?, stop reading this article now and check if you have disabled Java or not. Chances are that if you don’t think that you need Java, you don’t need it.

What you need to do now is reduce the opportunities for attack. For most people that means disabling Java – and doing it now.

If you insist or must have Java. Download the most recent version here:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Technology Fuels Cyberbullying

Gone are the days when a child’s home is a refuge from playground or neighborhood bullies. The Internet is the new playground, and there are no off-hours. Tech-savvy students are turning to cyberspace to harass their peers using a new method of bullying—cyberbullying.

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  • 09/06/2012
  • OS

Don’t Get Caught with Data Loss

As Isaac threatens landfall, there’s no doubt that many of the areas business owners are concerned. They’re worried about safety of their family and that of their employees, first and foremost. And they’re worried about damage to their buildings and vehicles. But many should also be concerned about their data… customer information, sales records, payroll and budget information, and everything else they keep on their computers.

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  • 08/29/2012
  • IT

Stay Protected and Safe from Lightning Damage

No matter how many times we see a lightning-damaged computer, we can’t
help but think how easily this could have been prevented. You would
think people would understand the importance of having a good surge
protector or UPS connected to any electronic devices they own.
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  • 08/28/2012
  • IT

Viral “Facebook Privacy Notice” is FALSE

We have gotten some questions about this… A so-called “Facebook Privacy Notice” claims you need to repost it to protect your privacy. The notice went viral on the network Tuesday but is, in fact, a fake.

The posting is based on the idea that Facebook’s recent listing as a publicly traded company will negatively affect its users’ privacy.

This is an untrue.

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  • 06/07/2012
  • OS
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