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Computer and Network Consulting

Services Provided by Michael Oatman
"Hey, Computer Man!"

Latest News, Concerns And Warnings:

Heartbleed Bug In OpenSSL Leaves Passwords Vulnerable

A programming error, or bug, (not a virus) in some, but not all, of the software that puts the extra "s" in the https: protocol, which is the protocol which everyone uses to access any secure web site, may possibly have made your secure website account password known to a determined computer cracker.  Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing for certain if your password has been compromised, but you can use these online tools to tell whether a secure website was ever vulnerable, and to tell whether a secure website is currently vulnerable.

If a website shows up as being currently vulnerable, then by no means whatsoever do you want to use your password to sign in to that website until it has upgraded its OpenSSL version (or call them on the phone to inform them they need to upgrade their OpenSSL to 1.0.1g).  If a secure website was not vulnerable in the past, your password for that secure website is safe and does not need to be changed.  If a secure website was vulnerable ever in the past, but is no longer vulnerable, you should change your password for that secure website immediately.

This exploit was not widely known until 7 April 2014, so this bug will most probably only affect users signing on with their password, to secure websites which used the buggy OpenSSL version, since Monday 7 April 2014.  The chances of your password being stolen prior to then would have required a particularly savvy computer cracker (or the NSA, which knew about this bug since 2012) to be currently exploiting the bug in the OpenSSL of the secure website while your were logging in, which would be statistically very low.  Passwords for secure sites which you have not used within the last two years or so (prior to the release of the buggy OpenSSL version 1.0.1 on 14 March 2012) should not be affected, nor for secure sites which have not yet upgraded to OpenSSL 1.0.1 to 1.0.1f.

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Windows XP Support Ended This Month

Not to worry, though!  HCM! will still support all Windows XP systems, ad infinitum.
As of 8 April 2014, Microsoft Corporation ended its support for its Windows XP class of operating systems.  This includes XP Media Center, XP Professional, XP Home and all other flavors of what is undoubtedly Microsoft's most successful operating system ever produced.

This means you will no longer get automatic windows updates, including the Malicious Software Removal Tool.  Some of us might prefer to not have to constantly update your systems with with that annoying windows update icon, but it may mean that XP systems may come under a new wave of attacks from computer crackers creating hacks based on exploits of known unresolved Microsoft Knowledge Base issues.

It is now of utmost importance to make sure you are using the most up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software, and if you need any help, please be sure to email, call or contact HCM! today!  If you were interested in further reading on this topic, you can see what Google has to say about it.

Help Save Net Neutrality!!  Please Sign These Petitions!!

Net Neutrality is a principle that says that the people who use the internet, not large corporations, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), should be in control.  All of these petitions do the same thing: they order the FCC to reclassify broadband ISPs so as to re-regulate broadband Internet providers and force them to operate inside of the legal framework that has traditionally applied to companies that offer two-way communication services.  This ensures that ISPs can't speed up, slow down, or block web content based on its political affilitaion, content, source, ownership, destination, or any other number of factors.  If ISPs can slow down certain sections of the internet, then they can also charge YOU more if YOU want to have those services given to you at normal speeds.  It's like extortion for the internet without Net Neutrality.  Please sign the petitions below to prevent this corporate-controlled dystopia from becoming reality, before it's too late!

Listen to The Diane Rehm Show: The Future Of Open Access To The Internet

NSA Intrusion Into Most Online Data Services

Don't use online sevices from AOL/AIM, Apple, Facebook, Google/Gmail/YouTube, MSN/Microsoft/Hotmail, PalTalk, Skype, and/or Yahoo if you are concerned about your privacy or specifically whether the government knows exactly what you do online, thanks to an operation led by the NSA known as PRISM.  This includes all cloud services, email, VoIP, video, photos, comments, chat, groups, social media, and anything else provided by these major online application service providers.  The work-around is to use some other online service which is not on the preceeding list.  To begin this effort, may I suggest you start by searching using StartPage, an anonymous Google proxy.

See older news and concerns here.

MeetUp Promotion: Half Price with MeetUp.com

"Hey, Computer Man!" is teaming up with various Tucson MeetUp groups on MeetUp.com to offer promotions worth half price off the already low hourly rate of $70!  That's right!  You pay only $35 per hour when you use a promotion from any of the Tucson MeetUp Groups, or if you mention this promotion when you email or call and schedule your appointment today!  Please click here for more information on exactly how and for which services the promotion works.

Still, We All Are The 99 Percent

Click for updates to Occupy Tucson.  We The People are One!  We are the 99%, and we will not be stopped.

Current Special: Virus Removal

Full and Complete Virus / Malware / Spyware / Pop-up Removal and Guaranteed Protection for only $100!

Is your computer slow, or is it doing things it is not supposed to?  This could be a sign of malware, spyware or a virus which has infected your computer!  Get it out now for this special price!  This service includes complete disinfection, plus installation of the best antivirus software, all for $100!  You can even get this service for half price (just $50!) with any of the half price promotions available today!  This service takes approximately one and a half hours to complete, so be sure to email or call and schedule your appointment today!

Awesome Promotion: Half Price with Buddy's Deals®

"Hey, Computer Man!" is teaming up with Buddy's Deals® to offer coupons worth half price off the already low hourly rate of $70!  That's right!  You pay only $35 per hour when you get a coupon from Buddy's Deals®, or if you mention this promotion when you email or call and schedule your appointment today!  Please click here for more information on exactly how and for which services the promotion works.

Great Deal: Free Tucson Metro House Calls!

There is no extra charge for a visit to your house when you live in the greater metropolitan Tucson area.  Some companies like to charge up to one hour of their already inflated hourly fees, which can cost you over $100 more!  Not Here!  It's completely FREE!  Click here to compare what other companies charge.

Tucson's Best Price: $70 per hour with Free Estimates!

That's just seventy US dollars per hour, with no hidden fees or charges.  Free Estimates are provided and will be honored for most standard services, and may not be offered or guaranteed for data recovery services, or other non-standard services.  If you want to know more about free estimates and pricing, click here.

A guarantee is a guarantee.  When any problem on your computer gets fixed, it is guaranteed to stay fixed, or it's free!  Just like your favorite auto repair shop, if the replaced part breaks, you get another one for free (just don't remove the engine or take the new part out by yourself, or course!).

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