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Why do people create computer viruses?

You’d be right in thinking it’s hard to program a computer virus that can spread across the world in a flash - we’re talking days of constant desk-jockey nerd-work. Why do people create computer viruses?

So why do they bother? Well, it generally comes down to 3 reasons: Money, showing off their skill, or simply being a jerk. While showing off or being a jerk is pretty self-explanatory, the money side is fascinating.

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OK Google, How Safe Are You Really?

Are you prompting Siri, Google, or Alexa? Are smart speakers safe? Siri, Ok Google, Alexa When you talk home assistant, you join a growing number of smart homes.

Smart home assistants search online, start phone calls, order groceries, play music, turn lights on. All with a single spoken command.

Research into how people use Google or Alexa demonstrates the core features. Listening to music ranked first. Checking the weather and asking for general information rounded out the top three. Setting timers and reminders, asking for the news or jokes (perhaps to make up for the news?) are also common.  

Yet, the question remains, just how safe are these virtual assistants? After all, having a smart speaker in your home means there is always an open microphone in your house.

Smart Speaker and Home Assistant Safety Concerns

The convenience of the speaker demands that it always be on, ready and waiting for you to say “Hey Siri” or “OK Google.” Once triggered the device records the command, sends the data to servers for processing, and figures out its response.

Smart speaker users can log in to view the history of queries on their accounts. This prompts some concerns that these mega-companies will use the information for financial gain. For example, those talking about an overseas holiday might start seeing related ads on their computers.

Someone hacking into the home assistant to gain access to your personal information is another concern. Those who set smart speakers as a hub for many devices also create more points of vulnerability.

It’s difficult to anticipate all the ways the assistant could prove too good a listener. In one case, a voice assistant recorded a private conversation and sent it to the couple’s contacts list.

Steps to Stay Secure with a Smart Speaker

That candid conversation share aside, few big privacy flubs or personal data breaches have been reported. Nevertheless, if taking advantage of Alexa, Siri, or Google helper, keep these strategies in mind.

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Here is why you should back up your computer regularly.

When you back up your computer, you are creating a second copy of the documents from your hard drive and saving a copy on a remote server. Back up computer regularly. Having duplicate copies of your information saved in another location keeps the information safe in case anything goes wrong with your computer.

While people generally think their hard drive is an excellent place to store data so it wouldn't get lost there are many ways to lose important files and information.

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What Others Say About Computer Corner

Polite, proficient & reasonably priced. Thank you!

Randall Curtis
October 25, 2019

Michael was great. Quickly diagnosed the issue and worked to repair it.

Doug Stewart
September 27, 2019

Very informative and helpful. Quick repairs. 2nd time using this business and we will never use anyone else.

Mari Cade
September 6, 2019

Always very informative and helpful. Quick repairs!!

Mari Decker Cade
September 6, 2019

Thought I lost everything due to a lightning strike. Computer Corner determined that only the network card and a trip switch needed to be replaced/reset. They also determined the monitor was damaged and it was not worth fixing. They only charged me for the new network card and a modest cost for labor. They recommended that I go to Best Buy for a new monitor. If you have a problem with your computer I highly recommend this company.

Joseph Heizmann
August 21, 2019

Great service, had me back up and running in no time! Highly recommend!

Alicia Broadway Weathington
August 13, 2019

Great company to do business with. Very quick with responses and we are able to get help in a pinch. In an emergency, Computer Corner is there in the blink of an eye!

Tammie Sue Ballentine
August 1, 2019

Great company to do business with. Very quick with responses and we are able to get help in a pinch. In an emergency, Computer Corner is there in the blink of an eye!

Anchor Coatings
August 1, 2019

Michael came to our office and fixed our iMac. He was very thorough and had it up and running in no time. Our office never missed a beat!

Laurel Nendza
July 12, 2019

They did a great job in setting up my new laptop. They loaded new software and they moved over all my data and programs from a 12-year-old desktop. I'm thrilled with the new, faster computer and having all my old systems still working!!

Laurel Stadler
June 28, 2019