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twofactorWe’ve obviously chatted about passwords and passphrases and tips for managing too many passwords. Obviously, strong passwords are very important in protecting your online accounts, but there is an additional way you can protect many of your accounts: two-factor authentication. What is it and why should you use it? Read on for all the details.

If you’re a user of Chrome, be wary of a scam that is making the rounds. If you accidently end up on a website that has a bunch of garbled text and a pop-up about a font not found and Chrome needing an updated font pack, do not click on the update button: That is malware waiting to happen.


If you see a window that looks like this, do not click on the "Update" button:

That Update button will infect your computer.

If you click on update and allow the application to run, you could be infected with malware, some reports stating that the fairly new Spora ransomware is being distributed this way (read our article on the many ways you can help protect yourself from ransomware).

If you’re interested, a very in-depth article about this type of malware and its discovery can be found here.

Chrome comes with everything it needs for fonts and does not have “Font Packs” that need to be updated. So just avoid that site that gives you that pop-up and move on.

wirelessThis last weekend I was travelling and needed to get onto my hotel’s wifi to get some work done. Many hotels and other public wireless access points require that you not only connect to their network, but then open a browser and agree to their terms and conditions or type in a username or password. They typically will do this by intercepting the first web page request your browser makes (usually to your browser home page) and instead sending you to the page where you have to click “Agree” to something. The problem? More and more, the hotel’s wifi system cannot send you the to the hotspot portal page to agree to their terms. So how do you get around that and get online?

Tagged in: Internet Security Tips

Internet Issues In Central Oregon

Posted by on in Alerts

We are hearing multiple reports of internet connectivity issues in the area from multiple Internet Service Providers. We are looking into it, so far haven't gotten a definitive answer as to the cause.

We're contacting area ISPs and are working to get more details. We will post more updates on our blog (http://weston-tech.com/blog) as we get them.

Thanks for choosing Weston!

Update at 3:30PM: Internet appears to be back and functional for the area. Reports are an upstream provider in Seattle (which much of the area's Internet traffic goes through) was having issues that have now been resolved.

Tagged in: Internet

windows 10While we recommended holding off on Windows 10 when it was first released, we know that it’s starting to show up in more environments and being put into production at more companies. As long as you’ve verified compatibility with all your apps and peripherals, Windows 10 will work fine, but there is one thing you might want to turn off: Windows 10’s “patch the world” feature.