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5AA Segment For 3rd July

On todays segment we discussed " Google"
Here are the key points:
  • We all use Google for search but remember it is an advertising company
  • Your search is designed for you , dependent on your viewing habits from Google 
  • The ads that appear are based on your viewing and searching on Google
  • Google Chrome the internet browser is fast challenging as the most used internet browser and is a lot more user friendly to tech challenged people.
  • When in Google and your not sure what to type , ask a question “ How do I “ “Who is “
  • Use quotation marks in Google to refine your search “”
  • A Gmail account ( Google’s email solution ) can be your default email account and receive and send emails from your current email address
  • If you don’t have office software on your computer don’t worry , Google has a full office suite built in , they have a word processer , spreadsheet etc ( it’s free)
  • If you have never used Google maps to find an address you are missing out
  • Google own You Tube 
  • Google have operating systems on phones , tablets and computers ( Android ) just like Microsoft and Apple 

Changing Your Antivirus - Here's What To Do

So you have decided to change anti virus software on your computer , here is what you should do.

First make sure you thoroughly remove your current anti virus on your computer.

Your anti-virus solution can be un-installed from the Programs section in your Control Panel however some remnants may remain so you can go to the manufacturers site and look for a removal tool which will remove all remnants of the software.

I have included some links below for popular anti virus solutions.

Norton Removal Tool

McAfee Removal Tool

Kaspersky Removal Tool

AVG Removal Tool

After removal reboot and proceed to install your new anti-virus solution.


Power Fm Spot For 27th June

On This Week In Technology

in 2009 Steve Jobs returned to work at Apple 

Discussion Points

Did you know you have an Facebook email address?

Email sent to your address will end up in Facebook messages

If you get a call from someone telling you they are from Microsoft saying there are problems , infections with your computer , it is a scam and dont give out your credit card details 

App Of The Week

The Art Of Rap

You too can be a rapper


5AA Segment For 26th June 

News Of The Week
Google are discovering 9500 infected sites a day
Explanation Of The Week
What is malware ? What are virus’s ?
Viruses, worms, Trojans, and bots are all part of a class of software called malware. Malware or malicious code (malcode) is short for malicious software. It is code or software that is specifically designed to damage, disrupt, steal, or in general inflict some other “bad” or illegitimate action on data, hosts, or networks.
Discussion Point Of The Week
10 Steps To Safe Online Shopping 
Step 1
Understand what a safe shopping site is with the “green”padlock and https in the address bar Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) provide encrypted communication
Use secure websites with lock icons and site seals.
The green display that you see at the top means that the site has an extended validation certificate which means that if your computer is safe it is safe to shop here.
Step 2
Be cautious when providing your personal details online, including credit card details 
Only give sites that you shop from the ” minimal ” information that is required to complete the transaction
Consider using payment intermediaries which can often be a safer alternative , Paypal
Check your credit card every couple of days for irregular transactions
Step 3
If you have any suspicions about the site you are using, don’t proceed with the payment - Google for information on the site
Step 4
Use strong passwords, at least 12 characters, including letters, numbers and symbols - and change it regularly
Step 5
If you have been infected with virus’s / malware and are not completely certain that the infections have been removed and or when you were infected you did not format your drive and reload your operating system then don't shop online.
Step 6
Next is have an anti-virus solution that is updated with the latest signature files.
This will reduce the chance of key logging software and or malicious code being run on your computer which sends your details over the internet.
Step 7
Do not click links in emails to go to shopping sites as this is one of the main ways to get infected and or transmit your personal information.
Never access internet banking from a link in an email 
Delete suspect emails
Step 8
Don't let your browser save your password when surfing the internet , as if you have an infected computer you will be transmitting your personal information.
Your computer saves this information then if you have been infected , the infection will go into your computer and find these passwords. Also if you use a laptop and it is stolen or someone else use’s it then all your passwords will go with your laptop.
Step 9
If you are shopping from a laptop or a computer that accesses a wireless network and have no wireless security or anything less than WPA2 (WEP,WPA) on your router then don’t ,as your computer and your information is at risk.
Step 10
Make sure your firewall is turned on
If this is not the case you can be transmitting your data to the internet. 
Finally remember
If you suspect any criminal activity, contact your financial institution 




Online Storage & Sync Your Documents With Dropbox

I have always been a big user and advocate of Dropbox which allows you after installation to have 2GB free of storage on the Dropbox servers and if you refer another person then you get a bonus of 500MB for every person that installs Dropbox up to 16GB.

With Dropbox you have your files on your computer in your Dropbox folder and duplicated "in the cloud" on the Dropbox servers.

Change a file on your computer , in your Dropbox folder and it is changed and synced on the Dropbox servers.

You can install Dropbox on multiple computers and when you change a file on one it is changed on all your computers.

This " syncing " is done when the computers are connected to the internet.

The Dropbox folder can be stored anywhere on your computer but is normally placed in your My Documents folder.

Dropbox can be run on Windows , Apple , iPhones , iPads , Android 

On portable devices you install the app then you have access to your files that you have in your Dropboxfolder.

I like Dropbox for it's ease of use and it's syncing capabilities.

Go to the Dropbox Site : Click Here

There are other FREE online storage options: