FaceBook Security – Are you secure?

Social networking sites are booming and many companies, individuals and especially kids, are now taking advantage of this great free web based service by utilising free FaceBook accounts to stay in touch. There’s many different one’s around, but in this issue I’d like to talk about what is (arguably) the currently most popular social networking service – and that to my mind is definitely FaceBook.

But sites like FaceBook are not without their dangers and you owe it to yourself to at least be aware of some of them.

Most companies now include an invitation for you to “Follow us on FaceBook” and though I’m certainly not suggesting that’s a bad thing, you must also have a FaceBook account to be able to do that. On the surface, that’s fine. It’s free and a great source of information, but you need to ensure that “your” FaceBook account security settings are set to responsible levels and what risks and dangers you need to look out for when using these sites. Without being aware of the dangers, you can be tricked into giving away information stored on your computers and even login details to your online banking services.

This especially applies to those of you that may have teenage children who access their own FaceBook accounts using your home computer that you may also use to do some business work on, personal online banking and so forth.

One of the professional IT newsletters that I subscribe to recently pointed to a PDF guide that addresses those risks in everyday language that most should be able to follow and understand. Written by a former director of Internet Safety at Symantec and an experienced Security Research Engineer, it’s well worth the read.

Rather than re-hash and reproduce what’s covered in the guide here, download your own free copy via the link below..

A Guide to FaceBook Security – Links to: https://www.facebook.com/safety/attachment/Guide%20to%20Facebook%20Security.pdf

IPAD’s – A business tool or just a toy ?

As mentioned in my last newsletter, I recently decided to purchase an IPAD 2, complete with all the bells and whistles and have been trying it out to see just how useful it could be from a business perspective. As an avid Windows user for many, many years, I must confess that I was quite surprised with just how well these little units function and perform. From synchronising your Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Contact and E-mail information, to reading and writing Word, Excel and even PowerPoint Documents (additional Apps must be purchased and installed at very reasonable prices) and a whole lot more.

Setup is relatively easy and the ability to utilise your Office or Home WiFi connection is a breeze. There are even applications available to allow you to remotely connect to your Computer Desktop at work or home from anywhere if you also purchase a 3G capable unit and a Wireless Internet Sim Card.  To that end, I can now offer limited support for those of you that have previously enquired about getting help with setting up IPADs’ and the available support will become more extensive as I use and explore these units capabilities more extensively myself as time goes by.

Reminder about our “Remote Support” Services

A quick reminder about the Remote Connect support which we offer here at Computer Help Zone. It’s affordable and a great way to save money for on-site Service calls to solve some of those annoying little problems that computers often have for no apparent reason. 

Check out our Rates page for more information about this great service.

Wireless over Power Lines

Those of you who are not yet be fully networked, yet dread the idea and expense of having networking cabling installed into your suites, home or office, as well as the speed and drop out issues that are frequently an issue with Wireless networking may not know that a lot of those problems can be avoided by utilising “LAN over Power” networking. 

How it works once setup is that you just plug a unit into a power point near the computer you want to network and then plug your network cable into that, rather than running a cable all the way back to your modem / router. Your network then runs through your home or office power lines. Contact us for more information if you want to explore this avenue of networking and connecting your computers to share their data together. A bonus of using this type of LAN (Local Area Network) is that the speed is nearly 4x that of most WiFi setups, with a potential maximum of 200 megabytes per second rather than 54 megabytes per second that most WiFi setups provide.

Well that’s about it for this newsletter – I hope you found some of the information in here helpful.

Till the next time…

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