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AskBillFirst Newsletter - February, 2019
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Has Your Email Address or Password Been Stolen?

 

It seems like every day we get news of a store or website getting hacked and the thieves getting away with our email addresses and passwords. In 2018, Facebook, Google, Marriott Hotels and many others were hacked. In 2017 the one we heard about the loudest was the Equifax Credit hack. The year before over 500 million Yahoo accounts being breached along with the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue ServicePremier Healthcare, Major E-Mail providers Hotmail, Gmail, LinkedIn and Dropbox, all sites that most of us use.

Chances are, your personal information was included in those hacks. Why is this important to you? What can people do with that information? Well, how many of you use the same password for most of the website you log into, like your bank or your credit card sites, or the shopping sites you visit? If someone had access to that, they'd have access a lot of your money. How many of you keep emails that contain login information for various sites? If someone had access to your email, they'd have access to all of that information. If someone had access to your email accounts, they could send email to your contacts that contained links to malware.

How can you tell if your information has been taken in any of these breaches? Visit https://haveibeenpwned.com and enter the email addresses and usernames you use. If any of them are included in a website breach, it'll let you know and show you which sites. You should then go to that website and change your password. If you've used that same password on other sites, you should also go to those sites and change the password there as well.

How can you tell if the passwords you use have been stolen in these hacks?
Visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords You can safely enter the passwords you use. If any of them are included in a website breach, it'll let you know and show you which sites. You should then go to that website and change your password. If you've used that same password on other sites, you should also go to those sites and change the password there as well.

Two-Factor Authentication
Have you heard of two-factor authentication (2FA)? Two-factor authentication helps prevent unauthorized access to your email, financial or other accounts by sending a code to your phone that you enter after you enter your login information on a website. By enabling 2FA when available, it prevents access to your account by anyone who might have stolen your login information. You can go to twofactorauth.org for a partial list of sites that offer 2FA. I'd recommend it for your bank sites and credit card sites.

AskBillFirst Remote Computer Service

"Hi Bill, my computer is running beautifully again!!! Thank you!!!"
"Hi Bill, my computer is working just great."
"Thanks again!! You're the best!!!"


Those are just a few of the comments I've received from people I've worked with.

When your computer is running slow, or your programs aren't working, who are you going to call? When your software vendor is blaming your hardware and your hardware vendor is blaming your software, who are you going to call? When your helpful friend decides to help you out by running some new special program and your computer no longer starts, who are you going to call? When your kids get done using your computer and you can't run your programs because of all of the popup ads, who are you going to call? Need 
help in getting your new technology set up properly so that you are safe from vendors who want to get to know you better, and from other bad elements on the internet?

 

You're going to want to call me. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you. I can assist with both Windows and Macintosh computers. 
 

I also offer a monthly service for a small fee, where I connect to your computer remotely, with your permission, and run Windows updates, security scans, and clean up your hard disk. This ensures that you're running with the most recent "safe" updates and your computer is working at its best. 

 

This service also entitles you to unlimited email and phone support throughout the month as well. 

 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-922-0135 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez

 

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If you have any questions or need help with any of this, please contact me.

 

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Additionally, I am available for technical support. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you.
 

Please email me at billj@askbillfirst.com or call me at 714-757-0976 if you have any questions.

 

You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.

https://www.vcita.com/v/bill.jimenez




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