Is it Safe to Trust Kaspersky Software?

With Kaspersky and Russia in the news, many of our clients have asked if it’s safe to continue using Kaspersky’s anti-virus software. West Seattle Computers has not seen any evidence to suggest that Kaspersky software is unsafe; to the contrary, it still ranks best or tied for best protection against many forms of malware. Our…

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Critical Windows Update

A flaw in Microsoft’s anti-malware software was recently discovered that threatens the vast majority of computers running the Windows operating system. The very software included with Windows to protect users could actually be used by hackers to take over a computer: Devastating Flaw Found in Microsoft’s AV Engine This story reinforces the importance of keeping your…

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How Scammers Can Weaponize the Word “Yes”

Scammers only need you to say “yes” over the phone. According to Data Breach Today: The FCC says in a March 27 alert that the scam centers on tricking victims into saying the word “yes,” which fraudsters record and later use to attempt to make fraudulent charges on a person’s utility or credit card accounts. “The…

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Gadgets for the Home are Vulnerable

Take care before using that cool, new, Internet-connected gadget. Internet connected devices such as webcams, thermostats, home appliances, home automation systems, and much more, are known as “the Internet of Things” or IoT and these devices are susceptible to malware. Your privacy and safety may be at stake! The same camera that allows you to see inside your home…

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Scammers Hijack Victim’s Cell Phone Number

Brain Krebs reports on a recent scam technique whereby scammers impersonate an existing customer at a cell phone store (identity theft). The scammers are able to make off with a new, expensive smart phone billed to the victim’s credit card. Worse still, the victim’s phone number is also hijacked in the process, and victims simply stop receiving calls on their…

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Recent HIPAA Breaches

The US Department of Health and Human Services maintains a public webpage that lists breaches affecting 500 or more individuals. Here are some extremely alarming facts for the month of July, 2016: Breaches reported for the month: 26 Total number of affected records: 335,082 Average number of affected records per breach: 12,887 Number of each type of breach: Hacking/IT…

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Defensive Computing: Email Safety Tips

The best defense against computer viruses and other malicious software is learning to recognize risks and knowing how to handle them. Fortunately, a few basic precautions can make all the difference in the world. Email remains one of the easiest ways for your computer to become infected. The danger usually comes via an email attachment. The strongest defense against malicious…

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Defensive Computing: Avoid Scams

Computer related scams usually start in one of two ways. The first is a random phone call from someone who claims to be from Microsoft. The caller claims he has information indicating your computer is infected and must be serviced immediately. He recommends that you permit him to check something on your computer and before…

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