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Block 99.9% of Account Hacks with Two-Factor Authentication

Block 99.9% of Account Hacks with Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is an increasingly popular way to prevent forced login attempts from non-employees. It works by establishing a second “gate” of entry you must pass through to reach the valuable information stored on the other side; often times by sending a...

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Brute Force Attacks: Password Strength Matters

Brute Force Attacks: Password Strength Matters

While movies frequently portray the hacker as a command-line cowboy, fingers flying across the keyboard as they work their computer magic against whatever foe they’re facing, hacking in reality is much more mundane. Directed attacks against specific entities are rare,...

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Electronics Recycling: 3 Ways to Recycle Electronics

Electronics Recycling: 3 Ways to Recycle Electronics

With the amount electronic upgrades increasing worldwide each year, properly disposing of electronic waste (e-waste) is becoming even more important.  Whether upgrading a computer, gaming system, television or smartphone, ensure your business or household is not...

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MARK 57 – THE RETURN OF FIREFOX

MARK 57 – THE RETURN OF FIREFOX

I love Mozilla Firefox, even if I stopped using it. When I first transferred to it back in the early 2000’s, it felt like being part of a secret club; a resistance against Microsoft and their Internet Explorer. I even carried around a copy on a USB thumb drive so that...

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THE WPA2 KRACK

THE WPA2 KRACK

Without looking, can you tell me what security protocol your wi-fi is using? I can, but that’s because I’m a gigantic nerd; I’ve got the standard WPA2 encryption whizzing through my apartment. If you’ve recently installed a router or received a modem with built-in...

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IT’S HALLOWE’EN – TIME TO KILL A ZOMBIE

IT’S HALLOWE’EN – TIME TO KILL A ZOMBIE

Do you know how to tell if your computer’s a zombie? It would be really convenient if we could check for the telltale rotting flesh and shuffling gate, but when it comes to computers, it can be very hard to tell when one has been zombified.Unless you’re brand new to...

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DEFENESTRATABLE DEVICE – WHY PRINTERS SUCK

DEFENESTRATABLE DEVICE – WHY PRINTERS SUCK

Printers have no mercy. They’re temperamental devices out to ruin everyone’s day, and they do a great job of it. On the Just Fix It help desk, we address issues with the accursed beige monoliths almost every day, and we’re still baffled by some of the issues they...

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SCAREWARE – THE ANTI-ANTI-VIRUS

SCAREWARE – THE ANTI-ANTI-VIRUS

Without looking, can you remember what anti-virus software you’re running? You are running anti-virus, right? I ask, because it’s important to know. Simply having anti-virus is fundamental, but knowing what you’re actually using on a given system serves a necessary...

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SCAMS – EVIL TECH SUPPORT

SCAMS – EVIL TECH SUPPORT

A computer can be a scary, unfamiliar place. Here at Just Fix It, we get that. There’s nothing wrong with being overwhelmed. A computer is a labyrinth of features and options, any number of which can have big implications. True story; one evening started with telling...

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THE DEATH OF THE CLASSIC MICROCOMPUTER

THE DEATH OF THE CLASSIC MICROCOMPUTER

The landscape of today’s computer industry is a lot different than the one that was seen during the 1980’s. Computers today are modular beasts, but whether we buy a ready built machine from OEM’s like Dell or assemble it ourselves from individually selected...

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COMPY CLASSICS: ZX SPECTRUM

COMPY CLASSICS: ZX SPECTRUM

You need only look in your pocket to find evidence of how far computers have come. From the monolithic vacuum tube mainframes of yesteryear to the dizzyingly complex smartphones we now take for granted, the evolution of our computational devices is as fascinating as...

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