June 4th, 2015

Summer is heating up! Let’s take a look at the upcoming games in June!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited


Release Date: June 9th
Platforms: XBOX One, PlayStation 4

The Elder Scrolls arrives on XBOX One and PlayStation 4 this month as the popular MMO finally launches on next generation consoles.  If you’ve been waiting to get back to Tamriel now is the time!  Experience all the quests, towns, villages, monsters, and story that have made The Elder Scrolls games so memorable, this time with next generation graphics.

Remember with this one that while no subscription is required you can only play with people on the same platform.


December 7th, 2012

12 Scams of Christmas

Don’t get hit by “Cyber Scrooges” this Christmas.  Digital threats don’t care that we all should be enjoying the holiday season.  McAfee, makers of security software for your digital devices, wants to help by identifying the 12 Scams of Christmas

1) Social Media Scams — Many consumers use social media sites to connect with family,friends and coworkers over the holidays, and cybercriminals use these channels to catchusers off guard. Here are some ways that criminals will use these avenues to obtain shopper’s gift money, identity or other personal information:

• Scammers use channels like Facebook and Twitter in the same way they use email and websites to scam consumers during the holidays. Be careful when clicking on or liking posts while taking advantage of contests, ads and special deals that you get from your “friends” that advertise the hottest holiday gifts, exclusive discounts at local stores and holiday-related job postings. Be on the lookout for your friends’ accounts being hacked and sending out fake alerts to all their connections.

• Twitter ads and special discounts for popular gifts are especially huge around Boxing Day, and they utilize blind, shortened links that may be malicious.

Criminals are getting savvier with authentic-looking social ads and deals that take consumers to legitimate-looking websites. In order to take advantage of the deals or contests, they ask users for personal information including their credit card number, email address, phone number and home address.

2) Malicious Mobile Apps — Earlier this year, both Apple® and GoogleTM announced that they had each garnered more than 25 billion downloads from their app stores. But as the popularity of mobile applications has grown, so has the chance that users could download a malicious application designed to steal their information or even send out premium-rate text messages from their phones without their knowledge.

3) Travel Scams — Before shoppers make holiday travel plans to visit family and friends, they need to keep in mind that scammers want to hook them with too-good-to-be-true deals. Phony travel webpages with beautiful pictures and rock-bottom prices are used to entice users to hand over their financial details.

4) Holiday Spam/Phishing — Many of the spam emails that shoppers are used to seeing will take on holiday themes. Cheap designer watches and pharmaceuticals may be advertised as the “perfect gift” for that special someone.

5) iPhone 5, iPad and Other Hot Holiday Gift Scams — The excitement and buzz surrounding Apple’s new iPhone® 5 and iPad® Mini create the perfect environment for cybercrooks to plot and carry out their scams. They mention must-have holiday gifts in dangerous links, phony contests and phishing emails to grab readers’ attention and entice them to reveal personal information or click on a dangerous link that could download malware onto their machines.

6) Skype Message Scare — People around the world will use Skype to connect with loved ones this holiday season, but they need to be aware of a new Skype message scam that attempts to infect their machines and even hold their files for ransom.

7) Bogus Gift Cards — Another tactic used by cybercriminals is to offer bogus gift cards online. Shoppers need to be wary of purchasing from third parties to avoid the risk being scammed.

8) Holiday SMiShing “SMiShing” is phishing via text message. Just like with email phishing, scammers pretend to represent legitimate organizations in order to lure shoppers into revealing information or performing an action they normally wouldn’t do.

9) Phony E-tailers — Phony e-commerce sites that appear real try to lure users into typing in their credit card number and other personal details, often by promoting great deals. But after giving this information, shoppers never receive the merchandise and their personal information is put at risk.

10) Fake Charities — This is one of the biggest scams of every holiday season. As holiday revelers open up their hearts and wallets, the criminals hope to take advantage of their generosity by sending spam emails advertising fake charities.

11) Dangerous e-Cards — E-cards are a popular way to send a quick “thank you” or holiday greeting, but some are malicious and may contain spyware or viruses that download onto users’ computers once they click on the link to view the greeting.

12)Phony Classifieds — Online classified sites may be a great place to look for holiday gifts and part-time jobs, but beware of phony offers that ask for too much personal information or ask for funds to be wired via Western Union, since these are most likely scams.


September 29th, 2012

Tech Talk D-Link Cloud Connected Devices

Tech Talk – D-Link cloud devices.

Products shown include:

D-Link Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera – DCS-932L

D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion – DIR-505

D-Link Cloud Router 2000 – DIR826L

July 13th, 2012

3 Products to Make a Recording Studio

As a customer, you may be surprised that our Computer Departments carries a category of music recording devices and software.

Today I will be talking about three high quality devices that can turn your computer into a recording studio. Whether you are a podcaster, YouTube performer, hobby musician or DJ enthusiast we have everything you need.

The three products I am going to talk about is the Yeti microphone by Blue, the Avid Recording Studio and the Avid Key Studio. 


July 2nd, 2012

Uninterruptible Power Supply – Savior when the grid goes down

I have worked years with computers and one thing that is overlooked by many is a UPS. They can give you substantial cost savings and protection so I thought I’d share my explanation with all of you here.

A UPS, or Uninterrupted Power Supply, is at its basic a power surge bar with a battery backup built in which supplies power to some of the plugs should a power failure occur while your computer is running. The intent is to give you enough time to shutdown your computer safely and prevent any data loss or corruption. Throw in some extra connections like phone and cable modem protection and that is it.

But what about all of those extra things mentioned on the box? What do they do and why should I pay extra for those? Also good questions and here is my answer on what those extras are:

VA Number: This is really easy. The larger the number means a larger battery and thus the longer the battery will last when your power is out. Most UPS boxes will have some chart giving an estimated run time for different computer combinations to help you choose.

USB Connection with Auto Shutdown: This means that, once setup, your system will execute a system shutdown automatically for you after a power failure. A great feature for people that need, or want, to leave their computers running all of the time.

LED Indicators: A great way to see the status of a unit at a glance. Better than just a little light. Not an absolute necessity but very convenient.

Phone/Network/Coaxial Filtering: The UPS has these ports to filter potential power surges coming from these connections. This is actually extremely important as many power surges come via phone or coaxial connections causing damage to a system.

Number of Powered / Non-Power ports: While a UPS is intended to provide power for shutdown not every device needs that power. Usually you need just the monitor and Desktop so UPS units will only have part of the ports powered by the battery. Make sure to choose a unit that covers your total powered and non-power plug in needs.

Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR): This is a very handy feature for those who experience brown outs or power fluxes caused by our devices in your home. UPS units with AVR will monitor power for these dips and “top” up the power if necessary. Power dips can cause miscalculations resulting in errors in your software popping up.

As you can see investing up to a few hundred dollars to protect your new purchase and future purchases from power surges, costly software repairs, and the frustration of important data loss or time is worth every penny.
I hope that this information will give you the knowledge necessary to choose the right level of UPS for your needs.

Damion Gilzean
London Drugs Computer Manager
18 years experience

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