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2016 brings new Cyberthreats

2016 brings new Cyberthreats.

 

As smartphones and tablets gained explosive growth, cybercriminals were busy at work and security experts around the globe warn there is more to come this year.

Smart devices are the new must have items and are the target for fraud. Android devices are the biggest target for hackers because the majority of smartphones are Android based. It’s likely that products running iOS – meaning Apple products – will also fall victim.

Hackers go where the action is, and they’ll increasingly find ways to attack us through our phones and social media. There are Facebook and Twitter apps for the Android, Apple, and Kindle platforms which hackers use to get personal information, and install rogue programs to wreak havoc on your devices.

While the new year and beyond could bring cyberthreats closer to the average person, you can minimize your exposure by installing an antivirus program for your Android and keeping it updated. Also, resist the temptation to open every email and text that comes your way. Back up your devices and install new updates to programs and the Operating System itself when they become available.

For more information on how to harden your security on smart devices as well as computers and networks, please consult a systems engineer at Vero Beach Computer Repair.

 
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Belkin Router Slow Download Speed Fix

Belkin Router Slow Download Speed Fix

I bought a new Belkin N150 router to work with my new Vonage phone adapter and noticed significant download speed drop off’s.┬áIf you are experiencing slow download speeds with your new router, turning off QoS and WMM support seems to fix the issue.

This fix works with other router manufacturers as well, however the login process and location of the settings vary, so check with the manufacturer or use Google.

1. Log in to the router.
Type: http://router in the address bar of the web browser. Also typing 192.168.2.1 in the address bar works as well. Login using a “blank” password by clicking submit with nothing in the password field. The router ships with a blank password, if you set a password, log in with that.

2. Turn off the setting in question.
The setting is located under the Wireless Channel and SSID settings on the Belkin router at the very bottom. 802.11e/WMM QoS set this to “OFF”.

FYI what this setting does:

WMM is apparently an 802.11e feature that provides higher priority for “time-dependent” traffic, such as video or voice. In theory, this should make things like VoIP calls and video chat (e.g. Skype) perform better. In practice, having it enabled destroyed my Wi-Fi download speeds. Since I disabled it, my Wi-Fi is blazing fast and I’ve seen no negative side-effects.

 
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