Computer Protection


Here in Bridge PC Repair we are always telling our customers about the importance of a good, strong password.

I recently read somewhere that around 70% of all internet users use the same password across multiple website accounts; this is actually quite alarming considering that if a hacker does manage to get the password to one of your accounts they may then have access to more than just that account. A recent online study has also revealed that some of the most commonly used passwords are “password”, “123456” and “12345678”. No wonder hackers find it so easy to gain access to our accounts!

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Free Antivirus vs Paid Antivirus

What’s the best antivirus?

Being a home user, free antivirus is an attractive option. Especially with so many good ones. But do you actually get better protection if you pay for it?
If you’re talking strictly antivirus, then typically no. It’s not common practice for companies to give you weaker protection in their free versions. In most cases, the free antivirus protection is just as good as their pay-for version.
But I would argue that the companies who offer only a pay-for version will typically be better than those that offer a free one, simply because it takes a lot of resources to keep up with the changing landscape. And selling antivirus is how they support their research.

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Would you like some online shopping security tips to keep your purchase secure?

Gone are the times when you had to physically go to the shop to buy every little thing, now we can simply go online, find what we want, compare prices and buy. It couldn’t be easier! It can also be a convenient and fun activity, provided you take a few precautions to ensure that your information and money stay safe online.

You simply need some common sense and practical advice.

Take the time to review these tips on what to do when making a purchase in order to shop online safely and with confidence.

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Backup Computer Key

As you are aware, we here at Bridge PC Repair are always harping on about the importance of having a good back-up system in place to back up your computer files and data.

Because we cannot avail of backing up to the cloud (rural broadband is still stuck in the Stone Age), we have tried and tested numerous ways to see which back-up is the most straightforward and which can be monitored by us off-site. We are now using software that creates a back up to a designated NAS Drive and emails us here in Bridge PC Repair a fully detailed report EVERY time a backup is done.

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Cryptolocker – The Most Deadly Computer Virus that Locks all your Files

Cryptolocker Computer Virus


Hi folks, as we all know there are thousands upon thousands of viruses out there just waiting to infect our PC’s. Nearly everyone knows they need some sort of Anti-virus to protect their systems, be it free or the hassle-free, paid version! Up until recently I would have been advising people that the free anti-viruses out there like AVG or Avast are adequate enough, depending on what you are up to of course, but now after having 2 machines in, in the last week with this cryptolocker virus (ransomware), I am advising EVERYONE to get a good PAID anti-virus. It might cost you €40/50 for a decent one but could save you thousands in the long run.


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Fake Windows 10 Upgrade Emails Point to Ransomware

blue-wallpaper_windows_10_hd_2880x1800Microsoft is currently rolling out its latest operating system, Windows 10, as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Cybercriminals are capitalising on this news by distributing dangerous ransomware via fake Windows 10 upgrade emails. The emails claim that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free by running an attached installer.

The emails have no connection to Microsoft. They use a spoofed email address to make it appear that Microsoft sent them. They also feature a colour scheme that emulates that of genuine Microsoft messages. To further the illusion of legitimacy, the criminals have included a fake status message that falsely claims that the emails have been scanned for viruses and found to be clean.

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Data Backup. What it is and why you need to do it

Backup Computer Key

More and more often we are getting customers asking us about backing up files and what’s the best and safest way to do so. We know that your files are the most important thing on your computer and losing them would be a disaster!

Here is just a few examples of  recent customers that we have in with us with loss of data issues :

Customer 1:

A virus had found it’s way onto the customers machine and encrypted all the files on the machine so they couldn’t be opened! No anti-virus or malware scans could unlock the files. Luckily, a backup had been made only a few days before the infection, so while the machine had to be repaired, all the files could be restored from a backup so we had the machine back up and going like new in a matter of hours, all because a crucial back up had been made! Incidentally, at the the time of writing, there is still no known way of unlocking the files (Tesla Crypt or Cryptolocker – look it up if you don’t believe us!)

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How to add and manage new users in Windows.

Step 1

Locate the Control Panel. This will vary by version of Windows. For Windows 7 and below, click the Start button and it will be on the right hand column. In Windows 8, the Control Panel  is accessible from the top or bottom right “hot corner”. Simply drag the mouse pointer to either corner until the menu appears along the right edge of the screen. Click on Setting and a new  pane will pop out and you can then choose Control Panel..

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mobile safetyStaying Safe on your Mobile Devices.

Popular free messaging app has failed miserably in the latest security report.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its annual ‘Who Has Your Back?’ scorecard, a report which rates 24 tech giants for security and data protection compliance. WhatsApp rated just one star out of a possible five. The company, which is owned by Facebook, had adopted none of the best practices recommended by the EFF.
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