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The Heartbleed Bug: Still Haven’t Changed Your Passwords?

Back in April of this year, there was an encryption flaw that was known as the Heartbleed bug. It was referred to as the biggest security threat the World Wide Web had ever seen. The bug affected many websites that you probably use every day and could have exposed sensitive information, such as your passwords and/or credit card information. If you haven’t changed your passwords yet, you may want to consider doing so ASAP, especially for the websites that were confirmed affected.

So which websites were affected? And where should you go change your passwords? Fortunately, Mashable put together a helpful list of affected websites. Here are the websites where you definitely need to change your passwords:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Google/Gmail
  • Amazon
  • Yahoo/Yahoo Mail
  • GoDaddy
  • Flickr
  • Netflix
  • Soundcloud
  • YouTube
  • Dropbox

Some of these websites were unclear about how they were actually affected and what information may have been at risk, but these are websites that suggested users change their passwords, according to Mashable. See the full article and list here.

This bug works by allowing Internet users to read the memory of the systems that are protected by vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL cryptographic software library. What this means is that users have access to sensitive information – Just like if someone were to eavesdrop on your private conversation.

The majority of the major websites and organizations have done what they can to fix this problem by now. However, it’s always a good policy to change your passwords periodically. You should also create secure passwords that would be hard for anyone else to guess and make sure that all of your passwords are different.

In the event that your computer is impacted by a virus, spyware, malware or unwanted ad-ware, come on in to  Everything Computers. We will help nurse your computer back to health! Check out our website or call us today for a list of services that we provide.

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What to Do When a Virus Takes Over Your Computer

We have all had frustrating experiences with our computers. These days, so much of our lives are dependent upon computers, and it is essential that they continue to work well. What happens when you get a virus on your computer? It may begin running slowly. It may not function properly. You may not be able to open certain programs. There are certain things that you need to do. Here are a few tips.

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Why Data Backup is Essential

No computer is built to last forever. At some point or another, your computer will fail. If you have ever lost an essay the night before it’s due for an important class or lost hundreds of digital pictures you hadn’t gotten a chance to print, you will understand how frustrating it can be to lose data. Many files are important to the day-to-day operations of particular businesses, and losing data can sometimes be a matter of losing money as opposed to just losing files that have sentimental or intellectual value.

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The Benefits of Hiring Professionals for Computer Repair

In this day and age, technology drives much of our lives. In many cases when our gadgets break down, it’s not just an inconvenience, but it can actually be detrimental to our livelihood. There are a million things that can go wrong with your computer, and when something does go wrong, you may think that you will be able to just Google the problem and figure out how to fix it. While this is definitely possible, it’s always better to hire skilled and trained professionals.

Save Time

When you hire a professional computer repair service, it will save you a lot of time. Trying to figure out what is causing the problem can be extremely time consuming if you are not familiar with common computer issues. Skilled professionals will be able to identify the problem quickly and tell you what needs to be done to fix it.

Save Important Data

When your computer is damaged, you may be at risk of losing important data. It could be hundreds of pictures of you and your family. It could be important business documents. It could be your collection of music or things you have written. Whatever the case, it’s important to back up your data, and computer repair professionals will certainly be able to help you with this.

Prevent Further Damage

A computer repair professional will be able to give you some tips on how you can prevent further damage to your computer, depending on your unique circumstances. A skilled professional will also be able to repair your computer without causing further damage. If you have your nephew who is good with computers take a look at it, there is no guarantee that he won’t cause even more damage to your machine. You want to make sure the person handling your machine has the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to get the job done.

Whether you are looking for data backup, virus removal, or a simple diagnosis so that you understand what is wrong with your computer,  hiring computer repair professionals is always a good idea. Your computer is very important to your work, your recreation, and your life, and you want to make sure it is in good hands. Skilled professionals will treat your machines with the care and respect they need, and they will ensure that your machine is repaired in a timely manner.

Here at Everything Computers, we are dedicated to providing high quality computer repair services for residents in the metro Atlanta area. Located in Marietta, we have been in business since 2002, and we are committed to providing you with an excellent customer experience.