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Cloud backups are a good alternative to hoarding data on a hard drive.

3 reasons you should regularly back up your PC’s data and apps

Still unsure whether you should back up your data? Here are 3 reasons why you should do so.

Macro mayhem: outsmarting hidden threats in Microsoft Office

Ever felt like a productivity ninja with those handy Office macros? While they automate tasks, beware, these shortcuts can harbor hidden dangers! Hackers love using them to sneak malicious code onto your device. Don’t fret, though! Here’s how to outsmart these macro menaces. What are macros? Think of macros as mini programs within your Office […]

Use the newest versions of Microsoft Office and other popular apps

Microsoft Office and productivity software in general are both magnets for cyberattacks, since they’re so common, meaning any successful attempt will have huge ripple effects. If possible, you should use the newest versions of these applications, as they’re much more secure than their predecessors and are patched against many known vulnerabilities.

Stop using Internet Explorer

As of June 2022, Microsoft has discontinued support for Internet Explorer and is no longer receiving security updates. This makes it dangerous to continue to use it. The application has since been replaced by Edge, the company’s newest browser. If you wish to continue using a Microsoft browser and are still hanging on to Internet […]

Set automatic software updates

Whether it’s your phone, laptop or PC, connected devices will start to have chinks in their armor without the latest updates for your operating software. They’ll prompt you now and then, but you can set these to occur on their own, without any direct approval. On iOS for instance, go to Settings > General > […]

Keep your personal electronic device software current

Manufacturers issue updates as they discover vulnerabilities in their products. Automatic updates make this easier for many devices—including computers, phones, tablets, and other smart devices—but you may need to manually update other devices. Only apply updates from manufacturer websites and built-in application stores—third-party sites and applications are unreliable and can result in an infected device. […]