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Do you get a lot of junk mail offers for credit cards and other random offers?  Do you get unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers?  If you answered yes, than we have a great resource for you.

The Federal Trade Commission’s website offers useful resources of limiting unwanted emails, SPAM, calls, and mail.  Check out their website to learn more and register your number on the nation Do Not Call Registry.

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This week’s Tech Tuesday is all about protection; protecting your computer from viruses, spyware, and malware.  Unfortunately, there is a slew of people out there in the world with nothing better to do with their time than to create virus, spyware, or malware and think of creative ways to get them onto your computer.  Since we cannot prevent them from doing so, the best thing we can do is protect ourselves from their attempts.

Clark.com has a great article sharing many free programs that help defend your computer.  Check it out here.

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Remembering passwords can be tough, we get it.  You want something that will easily come to mind when you’re ready to log in.  But beware of easy, commonly used passwords.  You may think using “password” as your password is cheeky and clever, but this is an extremely common password that leaves your accounts open to being easily accessed by hackers.

Today’s Tech Tuesday, comes from clark.com and encourages you to avoid the commonly used passwords and help protect yourself.  To learn more, visit their article here.

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techtuesdayToday is Safer Internet Day!  This international initiative is sponsored by connectsafely.org.  Safer Internet Day is an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago, is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.  Their website contains lots of great information, tips, guides, and advice.  Go check them out!

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This week’s Tech Tuesday comes as a recommendation from our IT specialist.

Keeping track of passwords can be difficult; especially with so many sites out there requiring them, each with their own additional security requirements.  It can be difficult to remember them all and keeping them written down is not very secure (though, there are many IT professionals that recommend keeping a list of passwords in a lock box or other safe location).

LastPass is an app that allows you to securely store your passwords in one location, all accessible in one location.  LastPass uses bank-level encryption software to securely store your information.

To learn more about LastPass, visit their website: https://lastpass.com.

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It is sad that email scams exist, but it seems with each passing year more and more crop up.  In order to help educate and prevent anyone falling victim, here is some information about the recent Gmail scam:

“According to tech security site WordFence, the message comes from the email account of someone you know — someone whose account has already been compromised.

The email contains image attachments that appear to be PDF files, and when you click on the attachment, a new tab opens and prompts you to log into your Gmail account again.

The new tab then shows “account.google.com” and appears to be a fully functioning and safe Google page — when in fact, it’s a fake scam site set up by hackers.”

“How to protect yourself from the Gmail scam:

Here’s what TechTimes suggests for avoiding this particular scam:

  • Users should make sure that there is nothing in front of the host file name, and should verify the protocol and the host name.
  • Also enabling the two-step authentication available for Gmail can stop the attack from taking place as the hacker would need the OTP (One Time Password) required for completing the login.”

Source: Clark.com

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Tax season is coming up.  Here are a few resources for free filing software and assistance:

The IRS – Provides information the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to connect those in need to a certified volunteer to assist with tax filing

Turbo Tax Online – Free filing for simple taxes

H&R Block – Free filing for simple taxes

Credit Karma – Free filing for simple taxes

Happy filing!