Web Hosting by SiteGround

SiteGround, speed and support? There are so many web hosting options it will make your head spin.  Finding the right one for you can be a seemingly endless task of reading articles and reviews.  I’ve done my share of reading, tried many hosts and there are only a few I recommend.  SiteGround is one of those.  You can start with SiteGround’s inexpensive hosting options or jump right into a dedicated server.  They are known for reliability and speed, but what sets them apart?  SUPPORT!  I signed up with their GoGeek plan for $15/mo and had to contact support a few times while migrating my site.  Their support is available 24/7 by phone, chat or ticketing system.  I used two out of three there, only missing the phone (I’m just not a phone guy).  Both the ticketing system and chat were extremely responsive and got down to the issue quickly. The only thing I didn’t care for with SiteGround is that they don’t offer a truly monthly plan.  Their prices reflect $X/mo, but you have to pay upfront for a year or more to get the lowest rate.  This isn’t atypical for hosting companies, but I don’t care for it too much.  More common is that if you go month to month, you may pay a slightly higher fee.  SiteGround will let you try it out for a one month fee (plus setup fee) and then the recurring charge kicks in for multiple months at once.  They also try to tag on some optional fees for Hacker monitoring and depending on your plan, backups.  Those aren’t bad options by any...

CryptoLocker Ransomware!!!

There is a new threat to your computer files and it goes by the name of CryptoLocker.  This is a nasty little piece of Ransomware.  Most randsomware programs say if you pay $ they’ll remove the bad software for you…..but it’s always a scheme to get money.  CryptoLocker differs from most of these programs because it actually encrypts your personal files…..Word, Excel, Outlook, Pictures, etc.  Without the encryption key, you lose access to those files.  What’s the price to get your file back?  $300!!!  There is no way of getting your files decrypted without paying the fee.  CryptoLocker gives you 100 hours to pay up before completely locking you out of encrypted files for good.  Below is a screenshot of the message infected computers will recieve.       Make sure you have up to date AntiVirus and AntiMalware protection and current backups of important files.  While the cryptolocker program can be removed, your files can’t be decrypted so take precautions and be careful of what links you’re clicking on browsing the web and using social media like Facebook. Carbonite and SugarSync can help make file backups...

Good bye LogmeIn – Hello Chrome Remote Desktop

For anyone using Logmein Free, you probably just got an email about how Logmein will no longer be free anymore.  Personally, I had an account with a few computer on it and, while it’s a great tool, I don’t use it enough to want to spend money on it.  Enter Chrome Remote Desktop.  Chrome Remote Desktop is easy to setup and available on Windows and Mac (sorry no linux support yet).    If you like remote access to your computers and have the Chrome browser installed, check out the Remote Desktop tool.  It’s not as feature rich as Logmein, but it lets you get to all of your programs and files when needed.   There are other alternatives like TeamViewer and VNC, but VNC requires more initial setup and TeamViewer has commercial  license restrictions that most people don’t want to deal with, although for personal use it’s great.   Check it out at the Chrome Web...

Need to Remote Access Your Computer?

Transfer files, print remotely, and much more from any computer or your mobile device! I’ve used Logmein for years and it’s been a life saver.  If I need to access a file or program and I’m on the road, I can easily remote into my computer and get exactly what I need.  How many times have you needed something on your computer but you had left the office?  Or maybe you’re at the office and you need something you worked on at home.  With LogMeIn PRO you can access all of your computer, files, programs, everything…all in HD quality!   Try it now for Free…..no credit card...

Backup those Files!!!

You know you have pictures that you don’t want to lose, work documents on your home pc that you can’t disappear……you’ve been meaning to back them up, but you keep forgetting. Get a backup solution that is simply set it and forget it. Sugar Sync will automatically backup your files securely to the cloud. Plus you can use the program to sync files between computers and access your files from anywhere, including your portable devices!! When backing up pictures, SugarSync automatically creates web albums that you can share with your friends. Check it out and get 5GB of space for...