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Don’t Open That Attachment unless you are absolutely sure it is safe!

You may have heard in the news that numerous organizations have been attacked by Ransomware in recent months. Ransomware encrypts files so they can’t be opened or used until an organization pays a ransom hoping the hackers will then be honest and decrypt the files. Backups and disaster recovery systems which are properly designed and […]

Urgent! BlueKeep & GoldBrute Threats…

BlueKeep & GoldBrute Threats to RDP servers… In recent news, two threats have emerged that attack RDP servers. In lay terms, this is the technology that lets you remote into your server, a workstation or other Windows computer usually from home, a remote office or elsewhere and control it as if you were sitting in […]

It’s Time to Vote for Exelos!

It’s Time To Vote for Exelos! It’s that time of year when we ask our clients and friends to vote for who’s the best of the best! Readers’ Choice 2019 voting has officially kicked off and we would appreciate your help in voting for Exelos for the Best Computer Store in the Westmoreland area! Please […]

Ransomware & Data Breaches…

There sure has been a lot of scary news lately about ransomware attacks and data breaches. It’s sort of surprising when a few proactive measures can dramatically minimize your risk of loss or business downtime. Keep your Windows and related applications patched. We know it can be a pain but you have to do it regularly. […]

New “Locky” Ransomware In the Wild

Ransomware continues to be a major threat and a new variant called Locky is spreading. It’s named “Locky” because it renames all your files with the .locky extension after it encrypts them. And in case you’re not familiar with this type of virus, the decryption key is offered for sale to you by the crooks […]

Do Surge Protectors and UPS’s Wear Out?

If your surge protector or UPS is more than 3-5 years old, it may not be providing much protection. The bottom line is that these devices don’t last forever and should generally be replaced every 3-5 years or after a major power event. Surge protection is essentially circuitry that absorbs the hit of an electrical […]

Which Hard Drive – Rotating, SSD or Hybrid?

The holidays are a time when people buy new laptops. If its’ been a few years since your last purchase, then you may be baffled by the new hard drive configurations available. Check out this article for some insight into traditional rotating drives, SSD and hybrids.

Ouch… Another Threat!

Just announced, a pretty serious bug has been found in the Microsoft PowerPoint that could allow hackers to remotely execute malicious code on your computer. You can read the details here. The short advice: Be very careful opening a PowerPoint email or content you find on a website until a patch is available. Expect a […]

Don’t Pick a Printer by Duty Cycle Ratings…

Thinking of getting a new business printer? The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476nw pictured here is an outstanding unit. But always check the Duty Cycle when selecting a printer… then divide it by 20! The monthly duty cycle is really the maximum number of pages you should ever attempt to put thru the printer in […]

Shellshock – Should I Worry?

Shellshock is just the latest vulnerability discovered that may allow hackers to exploit a machine running the Bash command-line interpreter. Bash is common on many versions of Unix, Linux, BSD and Apple. Bash can also be found on other systems from Windows to Android, but it is not installed and/or used by default. Click here to […]