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Support the Right To Repair

The Right to Repair is an effort to ensure that consumers have choice when computers and phones break down. This article on Vox.com describes the issue–and the article features West Seattle Computers prominently! Apple effectively has a monopoly on fixing your iPhone. There’s now a fight to change that. Be informed so that when this…

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Attacks on Healthcare Data Increasing

Stealing healthcare data is a major industry. The rate of data breaches and ransomware attacks has been increasing dramatically. Only a couple years ago the HHS “Wall of Shame” was filled with breaches caused by lost or stolen notebook computers. Now the list of incidents is largely made up of compromised computers and computer networks….

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Having the Latest Updates is Essential for Security

Newly discovered vulnerabilities in old versions of Microsoft Windows can be so devastating that Microsoft released updates for old operating systems that officially are no longer supported. This simply drives home the importance of using a modern operating system and of keeping all software as up-to-date as possible. https://healthitsecurity.com/news/nearly-1-million-windows-devices-vulnerable-to-bluekeep-rdp-flaw

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Fake Legal Threat Scam

Fake legal threats are a very effective scam. They elicit a panic response and people often don’t make the best decisions in a panic. Don’t fall victim! https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/05/legal-threats-make-powerful-phishing-lures/

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Keep Computers Updated!

The importance of keeping computers up to date cannot be overstated. It’s so important, that Microsoft just released an update for Windows XP, an operating system it stopped officially supporting years ago. https://healthitsecurity.com/news/the-impact-of-microsofts-latest-legacy-patch-and-rdp-security-basics

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Healthcare Providers: Warn Patients about Self-Help App Security

Anyone considering a health-related app, whether for mental health, healthcare records, or even a fitness tracker, should be very cautious. These apps may disclose and share sensitive personal and health information, in some cases disregarding the app provider’s own privacy policies. Mental Health Apps May Share User Data without Clear Privacy Policies

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Is it Still Safe to Trust Kaspersky

Shortly after our last posting, new news articles have reported the claim that Kaspersky anti-virus software has been used by the Russian government to collect sensitive information of the Unites States. How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets We’re not sure what to believe. Independent tests consistently show that Kaspersky is…

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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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