Avast/AVG Banned By FTC

Back in 2020 Avast/AVG was caught selling its user’s browsing data while at the same time claiming it was protecting their privacy. Like they say … you get what you pay for and when you don’t pay anything for your security then these are the risks you take. If you have Windows 10 or Windows 11 then I believe you are much better off using the security product you paid for (ie. Windows Defender) rather than installing a so-called “free”…

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Laptop Repairability

Unfortunately I have experienced the lack of repairability of Chromebooks many times over the last few years. I don’t think the manufacturers do a good enough job informing the consumer that a Chromebook is basically a “consumable and disposable” purchase. Most times I am unable to source replacement parts for Chromebooks and if I am able to source them, they are ridiculously expensive. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/02/chromebooks-are-on-average-less-repairable-laptop-analysis-finds/

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You Need A Ransomware Plan

Everyone needs to have procedures in place to deal with the almost inevitable computer attack or even an unexpected technology failure. Give us a call and we can chat about things. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/inside-turmoil-sobeys-ransomware-attack-1.6650636

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Microsoft A/V Ranks Well – Again

AV-Test, a German IT Security firm scored Microsoft Windows Defender a “Top Product” certification in it’s recent December 2021 rankings for Windows 10 home users. Read the full report below. https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-defender-beats-out-several-heavyweight-rivals-in-the-latest-av-test-ranking/

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“Free” Anti-Virus .. Not So “Free”

Anyone who has listened to my speech about installing and using the multitude of so-called “free” antivirus products will know that I have been advising Windows 10 users to stick with the built-in product called Defender. Now Avast/AVG has been caught selling its users’ browsing information to third party advertisers. See the full article here: https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-cost-of-avasts-free-antivirus-companies-can-spy-on-your-clicks

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