avoiding computer viruses

Top 4 tips to avoid email scams

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Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and their tactics are becoming more discreet. Email scams are often used by hackers to steal personal information and, as their methods get creative, it can be difficult to tell whether an email is real or a scam. 

How to create a strong password

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Hackers and cybercriminals are becoming smarter, so protecting your information online is essential. Creating a strong, hard-to-guess password is the first step to keeping your computer, accounts, and devices secure.

Why do computers slow down?

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A question that we get asked all the time here at PC Pitstop is why computers get slower over time. This can start to happen within a year after you get a new PC, but usually, it happens in just a few short months.

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Doomsday for XP :: You could be under attack right now!


Microsoft first said it was planning to end support for Windows XP in 2007. It has since been warning consumers and businesses an upgrade is necessary to keep their computers from being run over by a train of malicious software, or malware.

So good I had to share :: 10 Ways to be Computer Literate


So, Justin James from TechRepublic says there are 10 Things you Have to Know to be Computer Literate. Of course, there is so much to know, and it depends on what your use of the computer is actually for that determines your capabilities, but this little list is pretty handy for general users.

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Record Rootkits :: 1 Big Scary Reason to WATCH WHAT YOU CLICK!


A rootkits unwanted code is used to gain control over your computer by hiding deep inside your system. Unlike most viruses or worms, it is not directly destructive, and its objective is not to spread infection as wide as possible.

WARNING! The 1 Thing We Must All DO NOW to Survive The World’s Nastiest Bug That’s Coming for Us All

WARNING! The 1 Thing We Must All DO NOW To Survive The World’s Nastiest Bug That’s Coming For Us All

Cryptolocker is new malware coming to a computer near you. Malware is short for malicious software and generally refers to a variety of forms of intrusive and hostile programs.

5 Straight Down the Line Honest Technology Truths You Need to Know

5 Straight Down the Line Honest Technology Truths You Need to Know

Geeks that insult your intelligence as they ‘help you’ [read: do it for you…so fast that you have no idea what they did?

How to Manage Your Presentation Nerves!

How to Manage Your Presentation Nerves!

So I recently spoke at Port Macquarie’s Micro Business Forum on The 5 Things We as Business Owners Need to Know to Keep our Computers (& Businesses) Running Great!

Beware Spyware

Beware Spyware

How do you keep spyware from tracking your habits or hijacking your computer? One-third of Internet users have been spyware afflicted and this figure is on the rise.