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Security Camera Effectiveness Security Camera Effectiveness

Do security cameras effectively deter crime?  The honest answer is - it depends on the criminal. While it is true a large percentage of robbery suspects will change their target if they see security cameras on site, we need to remember that quite a few criminals are using robbery to support their drug habit. As such, not all of them are as methodical and logical when they're picking a target.

Spilled or your Laptop?  Here's what to do Immediately!! The top 10 most common worst things to spill on your computer Spilled or your Laptop? Here's what to do Immediately!!

**Note before proceeding: Liquid and electricity DON'T MIX! When the two meet, the liquid can destroy your circuits and also send you a serious shock if you're not careful!

Cryptowall Ransomware Cryptowall Ransomware - WARNING

What is Ransomware?  Ransomware is a virus that infects your machine and renders it useless until you pay the ransom amount.
In most cases it encrypts all files on your computer rendering them inaccessible as well as all connected devices, this includes other computers on your network and backup drives that are attached - this includes cloud drives like Dropbox!
If you are thinking you're safe on a Mac - think again!  Mac computers are also a target of these viruses.

Thief at front Door Holiday Theft

The holiday season is here! Sadly there are thieves that want to ruin the great spirit that this season brings. Don't let your home fall victim to this! Skyview Electronics can help protect you, your loved ones, and the Packages that are dropped at the door!

What is Internet TV or Streaming TV? What is Internet TV or Streaming TV?

Every day we receive at least a couple of calls or customers that start the conversation out with "I'm so frustrated with _____ overcharging me for TV" or "I'm so done with being ripped off by _____, what is this internet TV thing?".

Let me explain a little about how internet TV works.                                                                                   

Getting your computer back-to-school ready Getting your computer back-to-school ready

It's the last days before school starts.  You've been out buying books, paper, pens and maybe even a new computer.  But new or not, is your computer ready for school?  Here is a checklist of things to do to ensure your computer is ready for the new season.

HDTV Antenna Towers in Durham Region HDTV Antennas Are More Popular Than Ever

With the economy becoming increasingly unstable yet again, cable and satellite TV customers are becoming increasingly unhappy over their large entertainment bills. Our staff at Skyview Electronics are now constantly helping customers transition from expensive cable and satellite TV systems to either HDTV Antennas or internet TV options in order to lower their bills. 

We get lots of questions when someone walks in the door. 

Router Hijacking Malware virus Router Porn Virus - Forget your computer, they're after your Router!

If it isn't one thing, it's another.  Yes, hackers have found a new way to make computer users lives miserable.  A new piece of malware is targeting your router - injecting ads and pornography into websites by modifying the router's DNS setting.  And thanks to a clever implementation, this malware can hijack nearly every website on the internet for malicious purposes.  So for the un-technical people out there.  That nifty little box that provides you wireless throughout your home or office can be hijacked to show you all kinds of nasty stuff - yes, even kids sites are not safe from this!

Vishing - Email Phone scams, how to avoid being a victim Vishing: How to protect yourself from scammers

Vishing is a relatively new term that is a compination of "voice and Phishing."  In the past vishing was only over the phone, now there have been numerous report of legitimate looking e-mails asking the user to call a 800 number related to a banking issue. When the user calls the 800 number, the recording asks them to put in information about their card and other sensitive information to "verify their account". The long and the short of this is to NEVER call the number in an email. Instead, ALWAYS look up the phone number on your account statements. 

What You Know About Password Security is Wrong! What You Know About Password Security is Wrong!

How many times have we heard people come into Skyview and complain that they can't remember their passwords?  Every site you log into wants you to create your own password, an most times they want you to create something the is almost impossible to remember.  These impossible to remember passwords are supposed to increase security and deter hackers, yet it's getting harder and harder to follow these requirments.  Why?  Because security and practicality are in conflict. 

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