Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As Christmas and the New Year fast approaches I must take the time to reflect on the past year of business.  If it wasn’t for my client’s and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way I wouldn’t have been in business as long as I have. So for that I must thank each and every one of you, including the visitors to my website.  It’s with your support that I’ve been able to stay in business for 5 years and I hope to stay in business for many more to come.  As you may or may not know I take a different approach with my business clients and that is by not just treating you like a person instead of a number but by treating you more like family.  Customer service has always been very important to me and it’s a promise I intend to maintain. 

  I often post articles and industry related news on my Facebook page so please stop by and like my page to keep updated.  In the New Year look for more specials, promotions, etc to help me celebrate a 6th year in business.  I will also support my community the best way I can and one way has been to help children to play sports, I do this through donations to cover the registration fees for them.  After all times are tough and it’s the children that suffer the most.  Want to help by donating?  You can help by donating on my donation page here.  Any small amount will help make a child happy and healthy by being able to play sports.

  So from my Family and I to yours:  I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  Be safe not only on the roads as you travel but on the internet as well. 

Virus News Update! Cryptolocker Virus

I’m sure many of you have heard about this particularly nasty virus that is taking the IT world by storm.  The Cryptolocker virus usually comes to your computer as an email attachment but other methods of installation have also been reported.  Once installed the virus encrypts your documents on not only your local hard drive but on any attached hard drives as well.  This means that your external hard drive could be encrypted as well.  The best thing to do is to backup your data and then remove your external hard drive.  Once your files are encrypted you have several choices, either pay the ransom and hope it decrypts your files properly, forget about having access to your files forever, or attempt to restore your files from a shadow copy or recent backup.  Without the proper key nothing is going to break that encryption code and unfortunately the virus only gives you so many hours to pay up or lose your files. 

 So that was the bad news about this particularly nasty virus, now for the good news.  You can prevent this virus from infecting your system in the first place.  Don’t rely on your antivirus program from saving the day; in most cases it won’t even pick up on this virus.  There is another way to save your system and that’s buy using this particular program called Cryptoprevent found here. Follow the directions and run the program and you will be protected from this type of virus.  The other thing you can do is be careful of your email attachments and don’t open anything you’re not familiar with.  As with any virus as long as you are aware of these viruses and take certain precautions you should be ok. 

 If at any time you are unsure of how to use the Cryptoprevent software and would prefer a professional to protect your system, you can set up an appointment with me.  You can contact me through my website at www.computeremporium.ca or email me at scott@computeremporium.ca or call me and set up an appointment at 519-802-2721.

Community Involvement

As a small business owner I like to give back to my community whenever I can.  One way I’ve been able to do that is to coach a youth’s softball team and have done so for the past couple of season.  I get a great deal of pleasure out of seeing how happy these kids are in a team setting.  They accomplish so much and I always make sure they have fun.  This past season I came across a young lad who wanted to play but really didn’t have the money for the registration fees.  As things were a little tough for me I wasn’t able to afford to help him but I used my contacts I knew and was able to raise the money to get him signed up.  The amount of joy this child had in playing has encouraged me to continue to try and help other children in my community.  So with your help together we can make these kids lives a little better by allowing them to play sports and be part of a team.  If you would like to donate any small amount please follow the link to my donation page.  I thank you for your help and support after all it takes a community to raise a child properly.

Windows XP Support Ends Soon

Just a reminder that as of April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP and Office 2003.

What does end of support mean to customers?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your system or company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in viruses or possibly someone being able to hack into your system through a security vulnerability.

If you are still using Windows XP then you should think about upgrading to Windows 7 or even Windows 8.  Before you think about upgrading use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine IF your system is capable of handling Windows 7.

For advice or suggestions you are more then welcome to contact me at scott@computeremporium.ca or visit my website at www.computeremporium.ca

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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First of all I want to say that entering on-line contests can open you up to spam.  Also the possibility of the contest being a scam has greatly increased over the years and should be approached cautiously.  Entering contests with well known companies like the one I entered with Telus should be safe enough.

When I entered in the contest with Telus I didn’t think I would have a chance but the prize was worth the effort.  They offered 1 Blackberry and 3 Samsung Galaxy S4’s as a prize for answering a survey about their new website for business clients. The website is located at www.telustalksbusiness.com and worth a visit.

My prize was one of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s in black and upon receiving it the first thing I noticed was the size of it.  Clearly my old LG Optimus One phone was half the size of this new phone.  The other thing I noticed was how clear and vibrant the picture quality was on it.  As for speed it’s far faster than my old phone would ever be and with more storage space.  The packaging says it has 16 GB’s of internal memory but with the operating system and pre-installed apps it’s more like 9 GB’s of memory.  Still far superior then the LG phone at a mere 900mb’s.  It was easy to set up and learn although I’ll probably never use all of the features.  I can’t say enough about this phone, I’ve read all the reviews on it and I would have to agree that it is the best phone on the market and well worth the $700.00 price tag.  A phone with that high of a price tag is certainly not in my budget at this point in time so I’m very thankful for winning such a great prize.

All I can say is read the reviews and see for yourself how great this phone really is.  Here is one particular review that I liked… http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/samsung-galaxy-s4-review-and-giveaway/  please keep in mind that this review is based in the UK so the charger is different but other than that it’s the same.  Once again the Samsung phones are far better and it’s my opinion that I would never go to an iPhone for any reason, I prefer my android phones.

For other reviews that I’ve done or if you have any suggestions on products you want me to review please see my website at www.computeremporium.ca or email me.