Category Archives: CPS Happenings

Intern Justin Martin Joins The CPS Team

Justin Martin is joining the CPS team as a part-time intern focused on software and web development. Justin recently graduated from Brighton High School and will be attending Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI starting the Fall of 2017. He plans on pursuing a degree in computer science with a focus in cyber security as well as a minor in physics. Justin has been with CPS since mid-February. Justin is our first part-time intern! We have and will continue to enjoy having him as part of the CPS team throughout the summer.



 

Welcome To CPS Nicholis DuBois

Nicholis DuBois is joining the CPS team as part of our software development team.  He recently obtained an Associate’s degree from Washtenaw Community College in Java programming.  In the fall Nicholis will pursue a Bachelor’s degree from U of M Dearborn in Information Assurance with a minor Physics.  Nick has been with us since February.  He is an efficient, effective professional that offers solutions to real world problems that customers present to us and help foster dynamic business relations that will benefit everyone in this technology driven era.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy Holidays from everyone at CPS. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

The CPS office will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2016 to allow our staff time to enjoy the holiday season with their loved ones.



If you have an I.T emergency, please feel free to reach our I.T. specialists by leaving a message at (810) 224-5252.

Advent tip #4: Unsolicited tech support call? Just hang up!

Many of us have had unsolicited technical support calls, sometimes several of them.

It’s a scam that’s been going on for years, and it goes something like this.

Your phone rings, or an SMS arrives, or a popup appears when you visit a website, and the message tells you that there’s a virus of some sort on your computer.

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If the “warning” arrives in an SMS or a pop-up, you’re urged to call a “support line,” typically a free number that seems harmless enough to dial.

Whatever the route, you end up talking to an earnest-sounding “support techie” who will typically imply that he’s from Microsoft, or Windows, and has some official-sounding reason to be talking to you.

We’re using “air quotes” here because everything about these calls is bogus, and you’re about to be squeezed into paying for a service you don’t need, and which wouldn’t fix your problem even if the caller were telling the truth.

There are various storylines the call will follow, but, in the end, the scammer will insist that a virus infection has been traced to your computer, and that you need to let him help you fix it.

If you don’t act now, you could lose all your data, be sued, get cut off by your ISP, or worse: a pack of scary lies to squeeze you even harder.

If you cave in, you’ll end up paying by credit card for a remote-access support session or some software that you didn’t need, that you can’t trust, and that won’t solve the problem you didn’t have.

Encourage your less tech-savvy friends and family not to yield to this sort of pressure.

End the call right away, because there is nothing useful to hear, and nothing useful to say.

Original Source: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/12/04/advent-tip-4-unsolicited-tech-support-call-just-hang-up/

Fake anti-virus, Malware, Privacy

04 DEC 2015

by Paul Ducklin

 

Best of Brighton 2015

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Computers Plus Services Receives 2015 Best of Brighton Award

Brighton Award Program Honors the Achievement

Best of Brighton 2015BRIGHTON April 2, 2015 -- Computers Plus Services has been selected for the 2015 Best of Brighton Award in the Computer Repair Service category by the Brighton Award Program.

Each year, the Brighton Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Brighton area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Brighton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Brighton Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Brighton Award Program

The Brighton Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brighton area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brighton Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Brighton Award Program

CONTACT:
Brighton Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@local-best.com
URL: http://www.local-best.com

Original Source: 

http://brighton.brighton.local-best.com/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=DEZB-RBDR-CGDD

LEADERS IN COMPUTER VIRUS REMOVAL BRIGHTON, MI

We clean all virus, spyware and malware infestations. If you have a computer virus infestation, we have the solution; unlike other companies, we protect your data. We can even completely reload your operating system without losing any data. Too many times we have seen other computer repair companies format hard drives to clean them. This is just unacceptable. We remove viruses with painstaking care, and with over 50 years of combined experience in our shop we do it right. Any virus, any computer; we clean it, and we clean it right.

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Viruses on your computer come in every shape, size and form. We see viruses coming from a range of sources pretending to be the FBI, NAS and even the United States Department of Justice. You guessed it, click on the link and your computer has just become infected. A virus will not come with a STOP WARNING sign; they are meant to instill fear and trigger an immediate reaction – clicking on the “fatal” link. Common viruses that our team at CPS has come across include the Trojan virus, Win32worm, Adware-mywebserach, Rogue virus, Internet Security Pro 2013 and Security Shield to name only a few.

If you come across a link that looks suspicious, in an email or on the Internet avoid clicking on the link. Once the link is clicked your computer becomes susceptible to the virus and it is easily spread throughout your computer and contacts. The team at CPS can perform a virus removal if you do find your computer infected – no appointment necessary.

CPS removes viruses throughout Brighton, Howell, Pinckney, South Lyon, Fowlerville, Wixom and the entire surrounding Livingston County Area. If you have a virus, spyware or malware infestation it is not a problem for CPS. We are located in Brighton, MI to serve you.

 

Second Coming: The First HTTP Update in 16 Years, HTTP/2, Is Finished

The team here at CPS has already started developing and testing HTTP/2 websites!  The following article offers a look at the benefits of HTTP/2 websites!

HTTP is one of the most fundamental standards on the Internet and now, after 16 years, it's finally getting a facelift. Make way for HTTP/2.

The new standard was finally finished earlier today, according to a blog by Mark Nottingham, the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group. It will now simply pass on through some editorial stages before being published as a new standard to be used in browsers and web services everywhere.

When published, HTTP/2 will be the first update to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol since 1999, when HTTP 1.1 was adopted. It will, as you'd hope, bring some hefty benefits to the web. It should make for faster page loads, ensure connections last longer and facilitate servers to push data to your cache, so your computer doesn't have to pull it at a later date.

It should also overcome one headache that developers have long bemoaned. Currently, multiple HTTP requests bog servers down, actually preventing pages loads in the process; the new standard will allow multiplexing, so that multiple requests can be delivered on simultaneously. It will also play nicely with APIs, offer more scope for better encryption, and plenty more to boot.

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Update: For those of you asking in the comments, HTTP/2 won't supersede HTTPS as a security protocol. The 'S' in HTTPS simply means that it's HTTP run through another secure protocol—usually Transport Layer Security (TLS). The updated version, HTTP/2, will also run through TLS to provide a secure connection. In fact, Firefox and Chrome will likely only support HTTP/2 using TLS—there probably won't be an unsecured alternative.

Google recently announced that it will switch to HTTP/2 as soon as possible to speed up browsing in Chrome and others will follow swiftly. Developers interested in playing around with HTTP/2 can do so now; the rest of us will have to wait, though hopefully not too long, until it becomes baked into services that we use.

Original Source: http://gizmodo.com/second-coming-the-first-http-update-in-16-years-http-1686479223

CPS Continues To Be Committed In Securing Up To Date Security For Clients

Computers Plus Service is committed to providing excellent service and up to date security options in order to provide clients with the best user experience possible.

CPS has recently implemented an Apache web server module that provides a web application firewall engine.  This new system is extremely flexible and robust.  It has been referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife of web application firewalls.”  The system provides critical protection against attacks across a variety of web architecture.  The Core Rule Set provides generic rules that provide protection from vulnerabilities often found in web applications.

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