Give your loves ones the gift of computer repair, technology tutoring, or graphic design this holiday season!

Did you know that TeCHS offers gift certificates that are good for all of our services? Give your loves ones the gift of computer repair, technology tutoring, or graphic design this holiday season!

We can help you get ready for the holidays with our affordable and professional graphic design – for all of your invitation and gift needs. Most projects can be completed the same business day. We also offer flat-rate pricing for most graphic & web design projects.

We can also setup all of your new technology and we can teach you how to use it too.

Contact TeCHS today.

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We hear “oh, we didn’t know you did that too!” a lot… If it is electronic, odds are good we can help you with it. Want to know more? Ask us! We’d love to hear from you – please call (800) 669-2022 or email info@ezdigitallife.com. We are more than computer repair technicians, we help you select the right technology for your life and we will teach you how to use it at your pace.

Your one-stop-shop for all things technical and creative!

TECHNICAL SERVICES
  • Computer & laptop repair
  • Virus / spyware / malware removal
  • Data retrieval  / transfer
  • Networks & WiFi
  • Smart home system installation & configuration
  • Hardware & software tutoring
  • Cell phone setup & tutoring
  • TV & TV peripheral installation & setup
  • TV wall mounting
  • Universal remote control programming
  • Email assistance & setup
CREATIVE SERVICES
  • Graphic design
  • Web design & maintenance
  • Social media setup & tutoring
  • CD & DVD conversion
  • Photography & photo services

…and so much more!

Need something that isn’t on the list above? Odds are good that we can help. Contact us today and let’s chat about it.

TeCHS is your personal IT department
We take care of you and your equipment. Regular maintenance prevents major problems with your computer… saving you time, money and frustration.Professional, patient, affordable, knowledgeable and quick service!

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Ventura County (& Surrounding) Fires 2017 : Our Hearts Ache For Our Beloved Home Town

Our Hearts Ache For Our Beloved Home Town

To Our Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The fires raging through our County and neighboring Counties right now are simply devastating and show very little signs of slowing down soon. We hope that you are all staying safe.

Need information?

Can you help?

If you can donate money please do. If not, our evacuation shelters still need food, clothes, toys, toiletries, and (mainly) volunteers. Donating blood is also a great idea right now.

Please be safe.

Try to stay off the roads, keep a bag packed in case you need to evacuate, try to limit time outdoors (or wear a mask if you cannot avoid being outside), have a plan in place for you – your family – and your pets to get out! We will all get though this together.
TeCHS is here to help in any way that we can.
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2017 | Happy Thanksgiving!

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KRACK

A devastating flaw in Wi-Fi’s WPA security protocol makes it possible for attackers to eavesdrop on your data when you connect to Wi-Fi. Dubbed KRACK, the issue affects the Wi-Fi protocol itself—not specific products or implementations—and works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. Which means that if your device uses Wi-Fi, KRACK likely impacts it.

Read on for what you need to know about the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, from how it works to how to best protect yourself against it.

 

How does KRACK break Wi-Fi security?

KRACK (short for Key Reinstallation AttaCK) targets the third step in a four-way authentication “handshake” performed when your Wi-Fi client device attempts to connect to a protected Wi-Fi network. The encryption key can be resent multiple times during step three, and if attackers collect and replay those retransmissions in particular ways, Wi-Fi security encryption can be broken.

 

What devices are affected by KRACK?

If your device uses Wi-Fi, it’s likely vulnerable to the KRACK Wi-Fi security flaw to some degree, though some get it worse than others.

 

What happens when Wi-Fi security is broken?

For starters, the attacker can eavesdrop on all traffic you send over the network. This can be abused to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers, passwords, chat messages, emails, photos, and so on.

 

How to protect yourself from KRACK’s Wi-Fi flaw

Keep your devices up to date! Given the potential reach of KRACK, expect new patches to come quickly from major hardware and operating system vendors. Microsoft says a security patch is already incoming for Windows PCs.

Until those updates appear, consumers can still take steps to safeguard against KRACK. The easiest thing would be to simply use a wired ethernet connection, or stick to your cellular connection on a phone. That’s not always possible though.

If you need to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot—even one that’s password protected—stick to websites that use HTTPS encryption. Secure websites are still secure even with Wi-Fi security broken. The URLs of encrypted websites will start with “HTTPS,” while unsecured websites are prefaced by “HTTP.”

And again, keep your security software up to date to protect against potential code injected malware.

Device and router Wi-Fi security FAQ

 

Is my phone at risk?

KRACK is a different sort of attack than previous exploits, in that it doesn’t go after devices, it goes after the information you use them to send. So while the data stored on your phone is safe from hacking, whenever you use it to send a credit card number, password, email, or message over Wi-Fi, that data could be stolen.

 

So my router is vulnerable?

That’s closer, but still not totally accurate. It’s not the device that’s at risk, it’s the information, so the sites you visit that aren’t HTTPS are most vulnerable.

 

Oh, so I should change my Wi-Fi password then?

Well, you can, but it’s not going to stop the likelihood of attack. The exploit targets information that should have been encrypted by your router, so the attacker doesn’t need to crack your password to implement it. In fact, it has no bearing on the attack whatsoever.

 

So all devices are at risk?

Now you’re getting it. However, while any device that sends and receives data over Wi-Fi is at risk, the researchers who uncovered the attack said Android devices were more at risk than other mobile phones.

 

Great, I have an Android phone. But I’m running Nougat so I’m safe, right?

Unfortunately, no. Newer phones running Android 6.0 or later are actually more at risk since there is an existing vulnerability in the code that compounds the issue and makes it easier to “intercept and manipulate traffic.”

 

So is my iPhone safe?

Safer than Android, but still not entirely safe.

 

What about my Mac?

The researchers who found the bug initially had a harder time cracking macOS, but subsequent attacks were easier to implement.

 

And Windows PCs too?

Yup, same deal, but Microsoft said in a statement that it has a security update to address this issue is incoming.

 

I run Linux. I’m impenetrable to attack, right?

Not quite. Researchers actually found that Linux machines were the most vulnerable desktop devices, with a similar bug to the one found in the Android code.

 

So should I turn off Wi-Fi?

That’s probably not a viable option for most people, but if you’re completely panic-stricken, then the only way to be completely safe is to avoid using Wi-Fi until you know your router has been patched.

 

OK, I’m not doing that. What else can I do?

Right now, all you can do is wait. Google has already confirmed that it is aware of the issue and will be distributing a patch, and Apple and Microsoft will presumably do the same, as well as Linux purveyors. So keep checking for updates and install them when they arrive.

 

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2017 | Happy Veterans Day!

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Thank you for your service.

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2017 | Daylight Savings Ends!

Daylight savings has come to an end.

Please remember to set your clocks back 1-hour.

Happy Fall!

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2017 | Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

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The Best Location For Your Home Router To Get The Best WiFi Signal

Your Wi-Fi signal strength begins to drop the farther away from the router you are. If your router is in the front of your house and your bedroom is in the back, you may be accustomed to slow internet speeds. The severity of the slow-down depends on quite a few things: your home’s construction, your router’s location, what router you are using, your internet provider, etc. Regardless of the other issues, where you put your router really can make a big difference.

Keep it central

Location, location, location! Location is key. Try to find the most central place in your home for your router. It is worth buying some longer cables and running the wire to the most central location that you can in your home.

Consider even mounting the router on a wall or in a corner by the ceiling if you have two floors (radio waves generally spread out and towards the ground, not up). Think about putting your router on the second floor if you have one.

Router antennas broadcast in all directions, so if you place your router next to a wall adjacent to your neighbor’s apartment, they’re getting that slice of your signal.

Avoid impenetrable obstructions

Radio waves certainly travel through walls, but the thicker the wall, the weaker the signal will be on the other side. If your home is fortified with brick or concrete walls, the signal is going to be absorbed by the wall and lose significant strength when traveling through it. Same goes for water, like a big fish tank, which can cause a lot of resistance for your signal. Metal and mirrors are also your enemy because those materials actually reflect radio waves, so putting the router behind a TV or in a bathroom is ill advised.

Avoid the kitchen

When it comes to battling any potential buffering of your Wi-Fi signal, the microwave is not your friend. Microwaves and WiFi routers operate using the same frequency. Additionally, metal objects will absorb a signal, and with a metal fridge, stove, and other kitchen appliances. It’s best to just keep the router out of the kitchen.

Play with the antenna

All the magic happens with the antenna. It’s the part of the router that’s broadcasting and receiving your WiFi connection. Antennas usually can move side to side or sometimes pivot full-circle in their socket. Play around with directing the antennas to increase the signal strength.

Last tip: ALWAYS password protect your WiFi.

For more information, or for assistance with your WiFi, contact TeCHS! We are fast, affordable, and friendly. Serving all of Ventura County.

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2017 | Happy Labor Day!

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Ransomware

 

As you may have heard, a new and major ransomware attack was unleashed worldwide back in May of this year (2017), named WANNACRY. This one infected at least 75,000 computers in 99 countries in a very short amount of time. The ransomware locked computers and networks using file encryption software, and demanded payment by Bitcoin (a non-traceable crypto-currency) to release the data.

 

These types of attacks typically enter a computer through a “phishing email” and then spreads to other machines on the same network by exploiting vulnerabilities, including vulnerabilities in the computer’s operating system (although Microsoft did discover the vulnerability and released a patch, many computer users do not regularly update their operating systems and may have missed the critical repair).

 

What can you do to prevent ransomware on your own computer?

Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t click on links from unfamiliar sources. Even if you think you know the sender, be cautious about clicking on email links. When in doubt, DELETE IT! Be especially wary of messages requiring you to act quickly, asking for personal information, or threatening you in any way.
  • Keep clean machines: Prevent infections by updating critical software as soon as patches or new operating system versions are available. This includes mobile and other internet-connected devices.
  • Use strong authentication, requiring more than a username and password to access accounts, especially critical networks, to prevent access through stolen or hacked credentials.
  • Conduct regular backups of systems: Systems can be restored in cases of ransomware and having current backup of all data speeds the recovery process.
  • Make better passwords: In cases where passwords are still used, require long, strong and unique passwords to better harden accounts against intrusions.

 

For more information, or for a complete system checkup, contact TeCHS!

We are fast, affordable, and friendly. Serving all of Ventura County.

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