Tech Tip: New Microsoft Patches & Updates

On December 9th, Microsoft released a batch of security patches for several of their products. Three critical (and seven total) updates affected Internet Explorer, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Windows, and Microsoft Office. All one needs to do to update their system is accept the update on your computer through its notification. These updates will require a restart to finish the installation.
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Shellshocked

A new security threat has been discovered--Shellshock, also known as the "Bash bug" for affecting the Bash program in Linux and Unix systems. You may have heard of this as it has been compared to Heartbleed, the virus that hacked into data on millions of computers this summer. The main issue that system administrators are experiencing with Shellshock is that it affects "a common bit of code that is used all over the place," according to Robert Graham, security expert and CEO of Errata Security. Currently, nobody knows exactly how to fix Shellshock and solving the overall problem has been estimated to take months to years, though security companies and even the US Department of Homeland Security have been releasing patches to help aid affected servers.
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iCloud Hack

If you've paid any attention to the news this past week, you'd have heard that dozens of celebrities' iCloud accounts were hacked into. Hundreds of personal photos were then shared over the internet to a swarm of viewers, in a clear violation of privacy. You may be wondering how this could have happened. Well, unfortunately, fairly easily.
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Back to School Special! Ends 8/31/14

We're having a stellar Back to School Special for all you students (and even non-students)! Enjoy 20% off any one Nerd Crossing service from now until August 31, 2014. The secret code: "Nerds Rule"
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Beware of Fake Windows Tech Support

Hey nerds! A lot of you may have received calls from "Windows tech support," "Dell tech support" or something similar. Don't let them dupe you! These are fraudster calls from scamming companies trying to take your money by giving you worthless software, or even sometimes software that's infected with Trojan viruses.
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How to Back Up Your Data

Treat your computer as though you’re a dancer at a hip hop concert. Back it up. There are hundreds of reasons why you might lose your files. You could have a virus, a hacker, your computer could be too dusty. While there are ways of preventing these, you should also have a plan B, and that’s data backup.
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Signs You’ve Been Hacked

To start this off, it’s important to note that if you do discover any of the following signs, you should contact Nerd Crossing immediately. Being hacked is serious business and it could cost you big time. Your computer could break, costing you all your files. Your bank account could be wiped out. Your personal information could be sold online. We’ve discussed how to protect yourself from malware and viruses (link), but here is how you can actually tell if your computer has been hijacked.
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Have a Nerdy Summer!

Summer is finally here. Cowabunga! The warm sun, the soft sand, all the ice cream you want (it’s hot out, OKAY??), and… no school! With all that free time, why not take in your computer in for a virus removal and PC tune-up? We’ll wipe away all that nasty malware so your computer is as clear[…]