Please have a read of this article about URL spoofing and how to stay one step ahead:
Lots of people use Google Chrome as their web browser because it is good and has useful features such as syncing bookmarks across any device you can use Chrome on. However, it can also become quite slow. As quick google for something such as, ‘speed up google chrome’ will return some good results. The Guardian published an article with tips to speed up the web browser and I have summarised it below (link to full article at the bottom of this post for full info.
Note: Be sure to only do what you feel comfortable to do. We take no responsibility for any damaged caused.
- Remove any plugins your don’t want/use – type ‘chrome://plugins’ into the address bar to disable any plugin.
- Make plugins ‘click to load’ – settings > show advanced settings > privacy > content settings > plugins > let me choose when to run plug-in content. (This tips appears to have been moved in more recent versions of chrome)
- Remove/disable unnecessary extensions – type ‘chrome://extensions’ into address bar and remove what you don’t need.
- Suspend your tabs – install the extension called Great Suspender and follow it’s guide
- Create saved browser sessions – install and use extensions TabCloud+ or Session Buddy
- Turn off background prefetching – settings > show advanced settings > Privacy > untick ‘use prediction to load pages more quickly’.
- Use data saver – install the ‘Data Saver’ extension.
Link to original article with more details: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/21/seven-tricks-to-speed-up-google-chrome
Everyone always says, ‘keep you data backed up.’ Not many people actually do. We’ve been having a high number of customers come to use with hard drive problems recently. If they’re lucky we’ve been able to retrieve their data (fortunately this was the case most of the time)…in other cases, documents, music and photos are lost forever…save for very expensive specialist data recovery often costing the best part of a grand. We recommend backing up your files to an external hard drive or USB stick, and additionally backing up up your photos to DVD. A few DVDs and a couple of hours will probably be all you need. This way your priceless photos will be on your computer, removable drive and DVD. You can never have enough sets of backup considering the cost of external HDs and DVD disks being so low. Please backup now!
Here’s a few photos of some jobs we’ve completed recently.
Bottom lines are:
- If a company calls you, don’t let them take control of your computer
- If they have control of your computer and you suspect something isn’t right, don’t let them know, just unplug your router (which kills the Internet connection and their control of your PC).
Common scam techniques and the truth, these are some we have heard:
- Your computer is running slow and we can fix it. Maybe true, but who is this company and how do they know your computer is slow? Most computers get slow so this will be correct for many cold calls they would make.
- You computer has a virus and we can fix it. Same as above.
- Your computer is affecting your neighbours and we can fix it – it’ll crash their computers, phones, break the smart TVs etc. Unless your neighbours share your WiFi, this isn’t possible for nearly all domestic situations. Sure viruses can spread across a network and this should be a concern, but if this is a concern you’re probably more able to be aware of this sort of scam in the first place.
- You have illegal software on your computer. Even if you have pirate versions of software, the software company would have to work at NSA level to match a telephone to the computer running the software (unless you give it to them). Software is harder to pirate now than ever, so if you are running pirated copies you have really gone out of your way to do so – you are unlikely to have or will ever pay for it. The amount of effort a software company will have to go to in order to receive money of you…it’s very unlikely to be worth their time (pursuing businesses is a different matter). If you’re concerned you have pirate software take it to a local computer shop like ourselves who can probably tell you in an instant.
If you have been scammed:
- If you have paid money, tell your bank immediately. They have systems in place that should prevent further money being taken from your account and they may be able to get your money back.
- If you have allowed remote control of you machine, disconnect it from the internet. Check that no unexpected or unknown programs are in the background. Unfortunately it’s very hard to tell if the machine is completely clean without doing a complete wipe and reinstall of everything (and backup your files first).
- Installing a good firewall can show you all connections into and out of your computer – you can investigate each and block/remove any necessary.
Just a warning about data usage if you have an iPhone and have upgraded to iOS9 – read this article to disable wifi assist, a feature that uses mobile internet over wifi if the wifi speed is lower than mobile broadband. Check this out: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/phones/2015/09/iphone-warning-if-youve-upgraded-beware-the-data-trap. HCS.