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Cloud 9 Advisory – 003 – Kids Safety Online

Today’s topic: Kids Safety Online

 

There is endless articles about teaching your children about the dangers of the internet.  This is not that type of article.  This is a simple lesson in controlling what your kids are allowed to access.

 

The Basics:

  • Many kids are very tech savoy and have ways around your standard internet filters and blockers.  Simple firewalls and built in parental controls are easily bypassed with VPNs and Proxy servers (these are things that kids teach each other for gaming and hiding social network access from parents).
  • Even simple searches on the web can bring up very explicit and inappropriate content.
  • Most children nowadays have more than one avenue to access the internet.  Computer (Mac or PC), Mobile Device, Laptops, etc.

 

My Recommendation:

  • K9 Web Protection or NetNanny.  These applications install on all  of your kids devices and will block, filter and log all of your kids online activities.  It will take a little time to setup and configure but will help keep your kids out of trouble.  These applications also have a password bypass so you can install them on the shared family computer  and still be able to bypass the filters easily.  Just don’t lose that password or you will need us to rip it out!!

 

Remember we are always here to help and answer any questions.  Feel free to email us at help@cloud9solutions.com, or look at our web site and facebook pages for FAQ.

 

Glen Rostant

Cloud 9 Advisory – 002 – Windows 10 Upgrade

Today’s topic: Windows 10 Upgrade.

 

The Basics:

Pros

  • Best Operating System yet (in my opinion)
  • Better Security and Faster
  • SIMPLE AND EASY to upgrade for Home Users (If you are on a network with a domain server then you should allow a professional to assist)
  • Very rarely has any issues with the upgrade process for Home Users.
  • FREE until July 29, 2016 ($100 for home users after, $200 for business users)
  • If you don’t like it you can downgrade with a few clicks.
  • The look and feel is more like Windows 7.

 

Cons

  • Some (Very Few) applications do not work well in Windows 10
  • The Edge Browser (The replacement to Internet Explorer) doesn’t play well with some web sites, but don’t worry, your Internet Explorer is still there, and you can still use Chrome and Firefox.

 

In conclusion.

I highly recommend the upgrade.  It is an easy way to make your system faster and safer.  Very soon many of your applications will stop supporting older versions of windows so get it free while you can.

 

Remember we are always here to help and answer any questions.  Feel free to email us at help@cloud9solutions.com, or look at our web site and facebook pages for FAQ.

 

“Above all, try something”… Franklin Roosevelt

 

Next Topic – Scam Phone Calls!

 

 

Cloud 9 Advisory – 001 – Hello World – Ransomware

Hello friends of Cloud 9 Solutions,

Today’s topic: Ransomware!!

Basics:

  • Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to your own files.
  • The ONLY way to recover your files is by recovering from a backup.
  • It WILL jump to other computers on your network by their shares.
  • Paying the ransom has worked in the past, but is expensive, time consuming and is not guaranteed.

 

Cloud 9 Recommends – Backups:

  • For personal computers – Backblaze – $5 a month and very easy to setup, you can do it yourself.
    • www.backblaze.com
  • Businesses – Local backups and Cloud backups – Call us for more info or help.
    • 305-971-4520 or email us at support@cloud9solutions.com

“An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Sony Xperia

Water being poured on a Sony Xperia Z

Water being poured on a Sony Xperia Z

Cell phones have become a large part of everyone’s day to day lives. They’ve combined cameras, camcorders, rolodexes, phones and mp3 players.  Have you ever gotten your phone wet? Technology will soon solve that problem for you.

Introducing the Sony Experia Z. The first waterproof phone that I’ve seen.

Check out the following videos:

 

Water test:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEoDLNxkjno

Underwater camera use:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MlxybC3iIE

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