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Gift Certificates

Are you purchasing a technology gift for somebody that is located in the Northwest Florida area? Consider a Gift Certificate for computer services. Appointments for the installs are available now.

Use the "add-to-cart" buttons below to select the different gift certificates available:

Computer Maintenance:
This gift certificate ($85) is good for a one hour maintenance inspection to verify virus protection, system updates, or repair.

PC & Network Installation:
This gift certificate ($109) is good for setup of your new PC, Tablet, SmartPhone, or Wireless device.

Basic Home Theater Installation:
This gift certificate ($150) is good towards the installation of your new TV or Home Theater system on your stand or entertainment center. This certificate can be applied toward the purchase of Advance Wall Mount installs as well. (See Media Services page above)


Is the MAC OS ripe for malware attacks?

A leading technology journalist is making the case that Apple's Mac OS is close to the tipping point of becoming a major target for malware attacks. Ed Bott, the former US editor of PC Computing magazine and managing editor of PC World, posted up his evidence on his blog site at ZDNet.

Bott goes over several reasons behind his ideas. One of them tries to dispel the myth that the Mac OS is a rock solid operating system compared to Microsoft's Windows OS in terms of dealing with computer viruses.  In fact, Bott makes the case that the Mac OS is just as vulnerable and just as open to viruses and malware attacks as Windows. So why has the Mac OS not been as affected as the Windows platform in terms of viruses? It's all about the money, according to Bott.

He says that Macs have become more and more popular over the last few years with consumers. Indeed the amount of web traffic based on Mac OS-based PCs has doubled in the past three years according to studies. At the same time, fewer and fewer PCs are using Windows XP as the OS which is much easier to hack into than the newer versions of Windows. All of this could make the Mac OS more interesting to malware creators. In the end Bott says, "My prediction is that the bad guys are still 'testing market conditions,' and waiting for the right time for their grand opening." He believes there will be a few beta tests for Mac OS malware programs before someone goes all out with a significant release and that could spell bad news for all Mac owners.


Adobe Patches Reader Bug

Computerworld - Adobe on Thursday patched a critical bug in Adobe Reader, its popular PDF viewer, beating its self-imposed deadline by several days.

Hackers have already begun exploiting the bug in malicious PDF files, Adobe confirmed.Adobe owned up to a Flash Player flaw last week after an independent researcher found exploits in embedded Flash files within Microsoft Word and Excel files attached to emails. Click here to read full article.


Malware Information

Threats are evolving by the second. It's no longer just about viruses. Spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, bots and phishing attacks are all on the rise. Malware writers are constantly reworking their code to evade security defenses.

In December of 2008, the APWG recorded 31,173 sites that were linked to Phishing and password-stealing Malware. This is a jump of over 800 percent when compared to the figures from January 2008 (Anti-Phishing Working Group). More than 5 million U.S. consumers lost money to Phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in September 2008, a 39.8% increase from a year earlier (Gartner). In the US alone, the number of known breaches of government computers with malware more than doubled between 2006 and 2008 (Department of Homeland Security). 7.5 percent of US adults lost money as a result of financial fraud last year, mostly due to data breaches (Gartner).


Anti-virus protection . . . An Ounce of Prevention

Ok. Great! You finally replaced your outdated computer. Or maybe you just purchased your first one? Welcome to the club. Today computers have infiltrated not only our business lives, but have become necessities in our homes. For many homes, there is “his, hers, and the kids” computers. Almost all computers come with the basics of software that allow you get online quickly, but don’t overlook the security. Today computers ship fully protected from viruses and malware but be sure to check the expiration date. The majority only offer protection for 60 days before requesting a credit card number to extend your subscription, while others continue to run at a diminished capacity. Whether or not you choose to extend or look elsewhere, be sure to at least do something! Once your short subscription expires, you are no longer protected with future updates of your security software making you vulnerable to new strains of viruses released every day. There are plenty of options to choose from to best suit your needs and a quick phone call will get you going in the right direction! If you don’t already have someone, please contact me and let me help. There are solutions for every budget, no matter how many systems you have.


Patrick Flynt is owner of FlyntCo Services L.L.C. He can be reached at 770-378-7761, via email Patrick@FlyntCo.com or via the web at www.flyntco.com